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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,319 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marion Meade Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side of Dorothy Parker: a private life set on a course of destruction 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 sides of the fascinating Parker: her dark days, as well as her days in the sun at the Algonquin Round Table with Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. At the dazzling center of it all, Meade gives us the flamboyant, self-destructive, and brilliant Dorothy Parker.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A compelling and somewhat frightening tale…Meade is also to be applauded for a great feat of detective work.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • “An intensely readable biography…Wonderfully full, richly researched.”

    Mademoiselle

  • “Meade’s lively biography recounts the unhappy life of the wise-cracking versifier, short story writer and critic...So detailed is Meade’s book that this, one imagines, is the last time a biographer will need to explain why so talented a writer could at the same time be so nasty a human being.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This well-read, well-written biography caresses your ears like a tautly written novel. Conlin, whose voice is both rich and melodious, reads with great style.” 

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/13/2014

    " An excellent, detailed but not *too* detailed, thoroughly engrossing biography of Parker. If you like Parker, which I really do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda Cloud | 2/12/2014

    " This was just okay, to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Liisa | 2/10/2014

    " I was living in some of the places Ms. Parker lived in So. Cal. at the time of reading, so that was fun. An interesting biography, Dorothy Parker's life was uphills and downhills. Her quips, of course, are wonderful, and I cringed a lot at her bad life decisions. Well-written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Renee | 2/10/2014

    " I don't think the writing was all that great, but Dorothy Parker is certainly fascinating so it's worth the read. It does get a bit tedious with the constant name dropping, esp. people I know nothing about. But she's a hoot. "

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About the Author
Author Marion Meade

Marion Meade is the author of Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? She has also written biographies of Woody Allen, Buster Keaton, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Madame Blavatsky, and Victoria Woodhull, as well as two novels about medieval France. She lives in New York City.