Dorothy Parker

  • by Marion Meade
  • Narrated by Grace Conlin
  • 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side to Dorothy Parker, a private life set on a course of destruction. She suffered through two divorces, a string of painful affairs, a lifelong problem with alcohol, and several suicide attempts.In this lively, absorbing biography, Marion Meade illuminates both the dark side of Parker and her days of wicked wittiness at the Algonquin Round Table and in Hollywood.

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Great biography, poorly executed!

This biography of Dorothy Parker by Marion Meade is a wonderful work. Parker never wanted a biography written during her life or after her death in the first place and though there is an earlier bio, that one only follows Parkers life (which is interesting enough). Mead?s book combines Parker?s life with her literary output in great detail and is often as funny as the literary lady her herself. If you want to read a very good biography of one of the literary greats of American poetry and short story, look no further. Meade did a lot of research on especially the early and later years of Parker and is a kind of expert on Parkers work, she did the introduction of The Portable Dorothy Parker and also wrote Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin (three writers of the Jazz Age) and contributed to A Journey into Dorothy Parker's New York, a wonderful photo book and a guide for all Parker fans.

Unfortunately the audio book doesn?t really live up to this. The reader has no feeling or instinct for the wit and irony of both Dorothy Parker and Marion Meade and reads so businesslike she could be reading the minutes of some boring board meeting. Second, nobody at Audible took the trouble to edit the original recording, so frequently the reading is interrupted by ?You have reached the end of this cassette (?!), please continue on the other side?. Very sloppy of Audible and very irritating during a 17 hour read of a marvellous biography.

So 5 stars for the book and 1 star for the recording. A poor job and a missed opportunity.
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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2006
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.