Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This?

By Marion Meade

Marion Meade's engrossing and finished biography of 1 of the 20 th century's so much beautiful women

In this energetic, soaking up biography, Marion Meade illuminates either the appeal and the darkish aspect of Dorothy Parker, exploring her days of depraved wittiness on the Algonquin around desk with the likes of Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross, and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. on the incredible heart of all of it, Meade offers us the flowery, self-destructive, and exceptional Dorothy Parker.

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Whilst a stenographer got here in to take dictation from him, he sat at the ground and became his again at the girl. not anyone knew what Sherwood was once alleged to do. utilising for the activity, he had seemed in his Black Watch uniform, and Crownie, without doubt inspired through the kilt, had employed him for a three-month trial interval at a wage that was once basically 5 funds greater than the secretaries have been incomes. He gave him the obscure name of drama editor, yet advised Benchley that he used to be to be photograph editor. ultimately Sherwood made up our minds that his actual activity was once to be “a type of maid of all paintings. ” He made Dorothy and Benchley so uncomfortable that earlier than lengthy they all started lunching jointly simply to speak about the matter. She placed forth the speculation that Sherwood used to be a “Conversation Stopper” and that, in her adventure, attempting to seek advice from a “Stopper” used to be like “riding at the big apple railroad—it will get you nowhere specifically. ” She additionally notion he regarded difficult and sinister. Benchley questioned how Crowninshield may have saddled him with a freak whose army exploits even remained a secret. With rather a lot of Sherwood to shoot at, how may well the Germans have controlled to hit him in either legs? He suspected that Sherwood should have been mendacity on his again, waving his toes within the air. the reality approximately Robert Sherwood didn't take place to both of them. He used to be in simple terms struck dumb of their presence. numerous days later, as Dorothy and Benchley have been leaving for lunch, they have been stunned to discover Sherwood looking ahead to them outdoors the development. Hesitant, he requested whether or not they could brain if he walked down West Forty-fourth highway with them—not with them really yet among them—for he was once short of safety. “In these days,” Dorothy recalled, “the Hippodrome, a block from the workplace, had engaged a troupe of midgets and Mr. Sherwood ... wouldn’t pass down the road until Mr. Benchley walked on one part of him and that i at the different, simply because, along with his six ft 7 inches, he was once afraid the midgets may possibly tease him if he have been by myself. ” taking a look like an ambulatory pipe organ, the editors trigger down the road, however the midgets ran squeaking along yelling “Hey, Legs! ,” caution him to duck whilst he crossed lower than the 6th road El, and demanded to understand how the elements used to be up there. At 6th street, having outrun “the nasty little things,” Dorothy and Benchley felt obliged to ask Sherwood to affix them for lunch, and the ice was once ultimately damaged. again on the workplace, Dorothy whispered to Benchley that she used to be having moment ideas. Sherwood was once “nice. ” Benchley agreed that he was once “one of the nicest men I ever observed. ” After that issues started to switch. Upon nearer acquaintance, Dorothy chanced on that Sherry was once “pretty speedy. ” He wore his straw hat at a rakish attitude, attempted to make dates with the receptionist, and admitted to lifting a number of in Broadway cabarets. someday while he said having a hangover, Benchley expressed alarm and disapproval. Dorothy sprang to Sherwood’s safety, stating that she had as soon as attended a dinner party.

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