YOU MIGHT AS WELL LIVE: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DOROTHY PARKER / John Keats / 1970
You Might as Well Live: The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker / John Keats / 1970
In the 1920s, Dorothy Parker was the most famous woman of her time; a hard-partying flapper, with immense wit and writing talent, and a still-modern sense of hilarious sarcasm, especially when writing reviews of films or plays, or chronicling Jazz Age pop-culture for Vanity Fair. During her career, she was both revered and feared for her brilliant mind, writing bestselling books of acerbic and observant poetry, and was eventually courted by hollywood to become a screenwriter. Through the power of her pen (and wicked flirtatiousness), she acquired two husbands, four lovers, a Beverly Hills mansion, a country estate, and several Manhattan suites. She was the spiritual head of the legendary Algonquin Round Table, and could drink Hemingway under the table. A tortured comedic genius, a fashion plate, party girl, and fascinating icon . . . her story is both tragic and empowering, as she lived an intensely creative life on her own self-destructive terms. This is a great biography that includes her best poems and bon mots.
We need Mrs. Parker right now, more than ever. She was just too far ahead of her times.
Hardcover / 1970 / Ex-library copy, but still great / 319 pgs / Simon and Schuster / First edition
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