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A little known, rediscovered letter: an SOS from a woman trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony with no idea how to escape—that woman being Dorothy Parker.

“Kids, I have started one thousand (1,000) letters to you, but they all through no will of mine got to sounding so gloomy and I was afraid of boring the combined tripe out of you, so I never sent them.” Thus star
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Published May 27th 2014 by Penguin Classic
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Dec 15, 2014 Kris - My Novelesque Life rated it really liked it
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(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review).

"Kids, I have started one thousand (1,000) letters to you, but they all through no will of mine got to sounding so gloomy and I was afraid of boring the combined tripe out of you, so I never sent them.” Thus starts a little-known and until now unpublished letter by Dorothy Parker from a Swiss mountaintop. Parker wrote the letter in September 1930 to Viking publishers Harold Guinzburg and George Oppenheimer—she went to Fr
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Jill
Oct 16, 2014 Jill rated it liked it
This is a great introduction to Dorothy Parker's vicious wit through a series of autobiographical letters written by Parker to her Viking publishers in the U.S. while living in France and Switzerland on their dime--payment for a Great American Novel that never came to fruition.

I suppose being a critic requires sardonic wit. I think of her as some sort of icon of the place and time.

Honestly--my high school British Literature teacher was a former British subject and newspaper critic. I would much
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Jan 06, 2015 Christen rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Parker stuck on a Mountain, in the Alps, ignoring the fact that she has a contract to write a book. She writes to the Kids (the young men with the contract) about how life is miserable in a TB colony, in the Swiss Alps, hoping they feel sorry for her and her lack of writing the book (she never did). Misery brings out the best in her.
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Feb 14, 2016 Luci rated it it was ok
This is an interesting companion piece to any biography of Parker and the Murphy's. Very brief, it definitely cracks with Parker's wit and misery as she is stationed in the Alps.
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Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles. From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Ta
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