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I thought it was fascinating. The author also wrote Enemy Women , which takes place in the third year of the Civil War in SE Missouri, territory that was union, confederate, union again and again, leaving the civilian population at the mercy of whoever was in charge. When I finished it in January, I did so knowing that I had probably read my favorite book of the year. Gorgeous language in a tale that lures the reader down an alley lined with gender non-conformity in all its glory.
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From the infamous French playwright, prisoner, Black Panther Party ally, and muse. Unlike The Underground Railroad , which is also good, but not subtle, The Sellout is more insidious forcing you to confront deeper realities through humor and juxtaposition. Hilarious, sensitive, heartfelt, and written by a local Seattleite. Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters Publication Date: A promising alt-historical book about if the Civil War had not happened and the two sides had come to an uneasy truce. I am not done with it, but it raises important issues by showing us another way forward, if a bit dystopian.
Modern day life meets the roots and historical beginning of a well-known fairytale. This one was hard to put down. The King Killer Chronicles by Patrick Rothfus The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear , the first two books in what supposedly is going to turn into a trilogy, are artfully written and, though some readers complain of a slow start, they are well worth your time.
This novel melds historical fiction, pulp noir, and Lovecraftian horror and fantasy to make visceral the terrors of life in Jim Crow America and its lingering effects. The group engaged in spirited battles of wit and during a game of "I Can Give You a Sentence," Parker reportedly quipped. Parker went on to become the drama critic for Ainslee's magazine and began submitting freelance work to Life. By this time Parker had quite a widespread reputation and experienced a span of high productivity, writing essays and sketches for publications such as Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal.
She continued to be a part of the New York social scene and found herself finding acquaintances and business connections with the likes of Lillian Gish and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. Note: Parker would later select the works for Viking's Portable F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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At the same time, Parker began to drink heavily and her marriage to Eddie Parker who was also an alcoholic deteriorated. She became depressed and found it difficult to write material that pleased her. In Dorothy Parker had an affair with the emerging playwright Charles MacArthur, who it turned out was having multiple affairs with other women.
Parker found herself pregnant with MacArthur's child and subsequently had an abortion. Shortly after, she first attempted suicide by slitting her wrists. This pattern of depression, affairs, suicide attempts and recovery would continue throughout Parker's life, though she still maintained high popularity and a steady workload. In Dorothy published a collection of her poems, Enough Rope which was well received by the public and critics alike.
In the next few years, she signed on to review books for The New Yorker , a position she attained through friends from the now disbanded Round Table. She signed her columns "Constant Reader" and demonstrated yet again her sweet delivery of biting sarcasm and incisive wit.
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In Parker became more vocal in her socio-political opinions and she joined in the protest against the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti. Parker was ultimately arrested and released. She eventually divorced Eddie Parker in and in Dorothy Parker won her first major literary award. Parker's short story "Big Blonde", which told the all too real tale of an aging party girl, won the O. Henry Memorial Prize for best short story.
Over the next decade Parker was busy writing for the stage and screen. DeMille and Irving Thalberg. Parker wrote and collaborated on many screenplays, dialogues and even popular lyrics of that time. She maintained her journalistic connections by doing freelance work for past employers and other magazines such as Harper's Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.
In she met Alan Campbell, a young Broadway actor who shared Dorothy's sense of humor and interests. Despite rumors that Campbell was bisexual, the two were married the following year. The couple headed to Hollywood where they teamed up to write dialogue and storylines for various film scripts. While Parker contributed to countless stage and film productions, her only film appearance is in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur , where she is featured in a short scene with Hitchcock.
Parker's political causes gradually became more a focus of her life.
The Spanish Civil war was one of her most passionate interests, she wrote and spoke out in support of the Spanish Loyalists. The book was a relative commercial success, but perhaps due to the world climate, Parker's work was more harshly judged by critics as being shallow and dull. In the years that followed, Parker struggled with depression and alcoholism.
In Campbell and Parker divorced, but would later remarry. By , Parker had been blacklisted for her political associations and eventually pleaded the First Amendment in hearings when she was asked if she were a Communist.
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