Dorothy Parker by Marion Meade
What Fresh Hell Is This?

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Marion Meade's engrossing and comprehensive biography of one of the twentieth century's most captivating women

In this lively, absorbing biography, Marion Meade illuminates both the charm and the dark side of Dorothy Parker, exploring her days of wicked wittiness at the Algonquin Round Table with the likes of Robert Benchley, George Kaufman, and Harold Ross, and in Hollywood with S. J. Perelman, William Faulkner, and Lillian Hellman. At the dazzling center of it all, Meade gives us the flamboyant, self-destructive, and brilliant Dorothy Parker.

This edition features a new afterword by Marion Meade.

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Marion Meade studied at Northwestern University in Illinois and later received an M.S. from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. She worked as a freelance writer and her articles have appeared in leading magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, McCall's, The Village Voice, Ms. Magazine and Cosmopolitan. Meade has written novels, biographies and non-fiction books. BITCHING was a significant contribution to the second phase of development in the feminist movement. She has written biographies of Victoria Woodhull (FREE WOMAN), ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, MADAME BLAVATSKY, Buster Keaton (CUT TO THE CHASE), Woody Allen (THE UNRULY LIFE OF WOODY ALLEN) and Dorothy Parker (WHAT FRESH HELL IS THIS?). She has published two historical novels: SYBILLE, which narrates the life of a woman troubadour in thirteenth century southern France, during Europe's first great holocaust, the Albigensian crusade and STEALING HEAVEN, The Love Story of Heloise and Abelard. She lives in New York City.
Published March 3, 1989 by Penguin Books. 500 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Literature & Fiction, Self Help. Non-fiction

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