Traces the life of the American journalist, screenwriter, and wit, describes her relationships with the other members of the Algonquin Round Table, and attempts to portray her complex personality
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: From dj flap: "Before the age of thirty-five, Dorothy Parker was known as the wittiest woman in America. Her most causal remarks were repeated and printed. ...She lived with hedonistic flair; luncheons at the Algonquin Round Table...evenings at the theater and later a tour of the fashionable speakeasies and brothels with Robert Benchley; weekends at the Long Island house parties; vacations in France with Sara and Gerald Murphy. During the Depression, she and her husband were earning $5200 a week in Hollywood, where her friends and fellow writers included Lillian Hellman, S.J. Perelman, Nathanael West and William Faulkner. ...Yet...a wealth of private sadness: two broken marriages and a succession of love affairs, suicide attempts and abortions, heavy debts and even heavier drinking."