By Dorothy Parker
A little recognized, rediscovered letter: an SOS from a lady trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony with out concept tips to escape—that lady being Dorothy Parker.
“Kids, i've got all started 1000 (1,000) letters to you, yet all of them via no will of mine acquired to sounding so gloomy and that i was once fearful of uninteresting the mixed tripe out of you, so I by no means despatched them.” hence begins a little-known and formerly unpublished letter by way of Dorothy Parker from a Swiss mountaintop. Parker wrote the letter in September 1930 to Viking publishers Harold Guinzburg and George Oppenheimer—she went to France to write down a singular for them and wound up in a TB colony in Switzerland. Parker refers back to the letter as a “novelette,” but there's not anything fictional approximately it. extra thoroughly, the biting composition reads like a gossipy diary access, typed out on Parker’s attractive new German typewriter. She namedrops awesome figures like Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald whereas protecting themes operating from her a number of injuries and illnesses to her reviews on canine, literary critics and God. The writing is classic Parker: uncensored, unedited, deliciously malicious, and positively probably the most pleasing of her letters—or for that subject any letter—that you’ll ever read.
This version positive factors an creation, notes, and annotations on remarkable figures through Parker biographer Marion Meade.
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