New PDF release: Alpine Giggle Week: How Dorothy Parker Set Out to Write the

By Dorothy Parker

ISBN-10: 0698153774

ISBN-13: 9780698153776

A little recognized, rediscovered letter:  an SOS from a girl trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony without suggestion the best way to escape—that girl being Dorothy Parker.

“Kids, i've got all started 1000 (1,000) letters to you, yet all of them via no will of mine received to sounding so gloomy and that i was once frightened of uninteresting the mixed tripe out of you, so I by no means despatched them.” therefore starts off a little-known and previously unpublished letter by way of Dorothy Parker from a Swiss mountaintop. Parker wrote the letter in September 1930 to Viking publishers Harold Guinzburg and George Oppenheimer—she went to France to write down a unique for them and wound up in a TB colony in Switzerland. Parker refers back to the letter as a “novelette,” but there's not anything fictional approximately it. extra competently, the biting composition reads like a gossipy diary access, typed out on Parker’s attractive new German typewriter. She namedrops amazing figures like Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald whereas protecting themes operating from her quite a few injuries and illnesses to her critiques on canines, literary critics and God. The writing is classic Parker: uncensored, unedited, deliciously malicious, and positively probably the most unique of her letters—or for that subject any letter—that you’ll ever read.

This version good points an creation, notes, and annotations on impressive figures by way of Parker biographer Marion Meade.

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