Press Release: The Best of Dorothy Parker

The Best of Dorothy Parker

Introduced by Mervyn Horder
Illustrated by Helen Smithson

‘She expressed her real feelings in stanzas that snap and glitter like a Chanel handbag’
The Times

Dorothy Parker was the most talked-about woman of her day – notorious as the hard-drinking bad girl with a talent for stinging repartee and endlessly quotable one-liners. More than any of her contemporaries, she captured the sprit of the American Jazz Age, exposing both the dazzle and the darkness.

The very best of her stories, humorous verse and wonderful quips and observations are collected in this gorgeous new Folio Society edition appearing alongside illustrations by Helen Smithson and a stunning binding design by Jamie Keenan. From droll and pithy to heartfelt and melancholy, the entries were selected to showcase her startling range.

Parker’s effortless quick wit, enviable mastery of the English language and the endurance of spirit means her work remains widely admired and habitually quoted. A New Yorker through and through, she had the city in the palm of her hand at a time when offices and social institutions still revolved around the old boys’ network. Such was her charm and influence that Parker was a founding member of the celebrated Algonquin Round Table.

While her quotes and one-liners were laugh-out-loud caustic keepers, this selection delves deeper into Parker’s literary repertoire, bringing together the best of her short fiction and poetry. Her unparalleled ability to combine a heartbreak with a wisecrack has ensured her enduring popularity.


Product information
Bound in cloth printed and blocked with a design by Jamie Keenan. 256 pages. Set in Goudy Old Style with Spartan Bold as display. 8 integrated black & white illus. 8¾˝ x 5½˝

UK £34.95 US $54.95 Can $69.95 Aus $79.95






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