#FridayReads: Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? By Marion Meade

FreshHellIsThisBiographyDorothy Parker was an American writer and satirist, best known for her wit and wisecracks poking fun at 20th-century urban foibles. Proof positive against the old chestnut about women and humor.

Parker was founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a success in Hollywood including two Academy Award nominations (which were were curtailed when her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist) and a tireless writer with literary output in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair and Vogue. In the 1920s alone she published some 300 poems!

Like so many women she was dismissive of her own talent (imposter syndrome cite fragile masculinity, just saying)s, she deplored her reputation as a “wisecracker.” Nevertheless, her literary output and reputation for sharp wit have endured.

Biography Marion Meade tackles this multifaceted writer in her biography “What Fresh Hell Is This”¬†In this lively, absorbing biography, Marion Meade illuminates both the charm and the dark side of Dorothy Parker.

‘A compelling and somewhat frightening tale . . . Meade is also to be applauded for a great feat of detective work.” –Cosmopolitan

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