New York: Viking Press, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. 1st edition of her first book of prose, a collection of 13 short stories. Fine in very good, clean dustjacket (tear to front panel and minute nicks at spine tip) prime condition for this title not often seen in this condition. Includes, Big Blonde, winner of the 1929 O. Henry Award, The Sexes, You Were Perfectly Fine, A Telephone Call and 9 others. Parker was a high poet, wry short story writer, sly critic, dry, acid lipped reviewer for The New Yorker under the byline “Constant Reader” and my favorite member of the Algonquin Roundtable, and the my enthusiasm for her petulance towards boundaries, and my freedom from the competition of an equally fine copy, adequately indulge my inclination to price this book $850, and if no one buys it, I’ll just die with it on my breast. But someone will. Fine / Very Good. Item #151
Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) ruled for decades as the wittiest woman in America. Even as a young girl (creative minds have always been known to survive bad training), she saw herself as an outsider, getting thrown out of the Blesses Sacrament Convent School for maintaining that the Immaculate Conception was “spontaneous combustion.”.