This book proves that humor has its roots in sadness, for the famous wit which people associate with the Parker name emerged from a bubbling cauldron of sorrows: her mother's early death, her identity confusion (Jewish or Gentile?), failed love affairs and marriages, abortions, and above all, alcoholism. Mrs. Parker kept illustrious company, and readers of this biography will learn new (in some cases) information about nearly every early 20th century literary celebrity.
As compulsively readable as a car crash is watchable, this biography will make every sober person give thanks on bended knee to whatever higher power that liquor does not tempt. Don't read this for laughs, but for the enjoyment provided by highest-quality biographical reporting.
Excellent biography of the famed wit and poet, Dorothy Parker. Ms. Meade brings the tumultuous life of one of the Algonquin Round Table's most celebrated denizens vividly to life. Highly recommended to any fans of Mrs. Parker.