The tragic grotesque: Dorothy Parker's women

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1974
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Bunkers, Suzanne
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Dorothy Parker, who once called herself "a little Jewish girl trying to be cute," is perhaps best remembered for her remark, "Men seldom make passes at girls who wear glasses" or as the person who responded to the news that Calvin Coolidge had died with, "How can they tell?" Sometimes, an anthology of modem fiction will include a Parker story to typify the witty sarcasm underlying nearly all of her writing. But too seldom are her stories examined as reflections of her disgust for the roles assigned to women during the 1920s and 30s, the years during which she did the bulk of her writing, both as author and critic.

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