The Last Days of Dorothy Parker: The Extraordinary Lives of Dorothy Parker and Lillian Hellman and How Death Can Be Hell on Friendship (A Penguin Classics Special)

By Marion Meade

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade stocks perception into the final days within the lifetime of Dorothy Parker—the terrible and the hilarious—including her colourful friendship with Lillian Hellman, and the weird afterlife of Parker’s is still from a dossier cupboard on Wall highway to a small burial web site by way of the NAACP place of work in Baltimore.

The Volney was once a dignified place of dwelling lodge, favorite through older ladies and their canine, on Manhattan’s top East part. Dorothy Parker died there, of a center assault, on June 7, 1967. She used to be seventy-three and have been recognized for nearly part a century. As befitted a much-loved slapstick comedian, poet, and storywriter, the New York instances announced her go out in a front-page obituary. This was once via a star-studded memorial carrier, additionally mentioned within the paper, which used to be attended via a few one hundred fifty of her neighbors and admirers. greater than 20 years later, on October 20, 1988, Parker was once buried in Baltimore, in a memorial backyard on the nationwide headquarters of the NAACP. Why did it take greater than 20 years for Dorothy Parker to get a good burial? What debts for her macabre Edgar Allan Poe–style finishing, arguably essentially the most ghoulish in glossy literary background? And simply what occurred to her in the course of these twenty-one years?

Dorothy Parker biographer Marion Meade attracts from new examine to painting Parker in her final years and final days, with an emphasis on her posthumous life. the tale additionally good points Parker’s enduring friendship of over thirty years with playwright and screenwriter Lillian Hellman, besides different extraordinary figures in Parker’s circle, together with Dashiell Hammett and John O’Hara. continuously riotous and infrequently ghastly, The final Days is totally and fully Dorothy Parker.

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