The Best of Dorothy Parker

Illustrated by Helen Smithson
Introduced by Mervyn Horder

Enjoy The Best of Dorothy Parker in The Folio Society’s new edition of poetry and short stories from the greatest wit of her age, with the era-defining graphic illustrations of Helen Smithson.

‘Her reputation as a wit obscures her genuine achievements – short stories that still dazzle and decades of political activism’ 

  1. The Guardian

Poet, theatre critic, raconteur, philanthropist – Dorothy Parker was all of these and so much more. And 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 in a gorgeous new edition with a binding as dazzling, and illustrations as attention-grabbing, as the words they surround. From droll and pithy to heartfelt and melancholy, the entries have been carefully chosen to show off Parker’s creative flexibility. The order follows no discernible logic; it simply reflects her wonderful writerly train of thought.

Wit has truth in it. Wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words.

Bound in cloth printed and blocked with a design by Jamie Keenan

Set in Goudy Old Style with Spartan Bold display

256 pages

8 integrated black & white illustrations

Plain slipcase

8¾˝ x 5½˝

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