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The Collected Dorothy Parker - Dorothy Parker

Parker's acerbic stories, poems and criticism are collected here with all the power of an untamable progressive voice grating against patriarchy, directly and indirectly. I found her legendary reviews a fascinating historical document. Zadie Smith, in her laudatory essay on Katherine Hepburn, quotes Parker's immortal comment 'she ran the whole gamut of emotions from A to B' in qualified agreement. But though Parker was as unyielding in criticism to her fellow women as to men. I see her as one of the innumerable great workwomen at the coalface of emancipation.