2016: 97. Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway 1918-1923

“Well, Wodehouse and Bolton and Kern have done it again.”

Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway 1918-1923, Dorothy Parker (Kevin Fitzpatrick, Ed.)

This is a collection of all the theater reviews Parker wrote between 1918 and 1923, which is to say, it’s a pretty deep cut.  You’ve basically heard of none of these plays and barely any of the actors (thank goodness for editor Fitzpatrick’s copious notes at the end!).  But if you love Parker - which is to say, if you were a nerdy young lady who wore the Viking Portable to shreds, and just revelled in the dark cynicism of it all* - you might like this collection.  It’s not for reading cover to cover, but for dipping in and out of, and getting a taste of that Parker prose, dark and deadly as ever.  Even if you don’t know the plays and you don’t know the actors, you have to love watching Parker take down a dud, or boost a gem.  For completists only, maybe, but even though my tortured dark poetry days are long behind me (ironically, despite the stage IV cancer I’m generally a keep on the sunny side of life girl these days - blame those beautiful three monkeys of mine), I enjoyed the collection.

*Viz -

Life is a glorious cycle of song -

A medley of extemporanea.

Love is a joy that can never go wrong -

And I am Marie of Roumania.

or the classic

Men seldom make passes

At girls who wear glasses.

And so forth.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017