Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway, 1918–1923

by Dorothy Parker & Editor Kevin C. Fitzpatrick



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/1/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 514
ISBN : 9781491722657
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 514
ISBN : 9781491722671
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 514
ISBN : 9781491722664

About the Book

Dorothy Parker holds a place in history as one of New York’s most beloved writers. Now, for the first time in nearly a century, the public is invited to enjoy Mrs. Parker’s sharp wit and biting commentary on the Jazz Age hits and flops in this first-ever published collection of her groundbreaking Broadway reviews.

Starting when she was twenty-four at Vanity Fair as New York’s only female theatre critic, Mrs. Parker reviewed some of the biggest names of the era: the Barrymores, George M. Cohan, W.C. Fields, Helen Hayes, Al Jolson, Eugene O’Neil, Will Rogers, and the Ziegfeld Follies. Her words of praise—and contempt—for the dramas, comedies, musicals, and revues are just as fresh and funny today as they were in the age of speakeasies and bathtub gin. Annotated with a notes section by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society, the volume shares Parker’s outspoken opinions of a great era of live theatre in America, from a time before radio, talking pictures, and television decimated attendance.

Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway, 1918–1923 provides a fascinating glimpse of Broadway in its Golden Era and literary life in New York through the eyes of a renowned theatre critic.

About the Author

Kevin C. Fitzpatrick is an independent historian who founded the Dorothy Parker Society in 1999. He has worked as a journalist in New York and is the author of several books. Fitzpatrick is a licensed New York City Sightseeing Guide who has been leading walking tours since 2000. He and his family live in Manhattan and Shelter Island, New York.

Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) was one of New York’s most beloved writers. During her fifty-year writing career, she wrote poems, short stories, a novella, plays, theatre and book criticism, and dozens of film scripts. Her numerous posthumous honors include induction into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame, a commemorative US postage stamp, and her birthplace in New Jersey being named a national literary landmark.