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By Dorothy Parker

A little identified, rediscovered letter:  an SOS from a girl trapped on a Swiss mountaintop in a TB colony without notion how one can escape—that lady being Dorothy Parker.

“Kids, i've got all started a thousand (1,000) letters to you, yet all of them via no will of mine obtained to sounding so gloomy and that i was once terrified of uninteresting the mixed tripe out of you, so I by no means despatched them.” hence starts off a little-known and formerly unpublished letter via Dorothy Parker from a Swiss mountaintop.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 jot 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 safely, the biting composition reads like a gossipy diary access, typed out on Parker’s appealing new German typewriter. She namedrops extraordinary figures like Ernest Hemingway and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald whereas masking issues operating from her a number of injuries and illnesses to her reviews on canines, literary critics and God. The writing is classic Parker: uncensored, unedited, deliciously malicious, and definitely probably the most wonderful of her letters—or for that topic any letter—that you’ll ever read.

This variation positive factors an advent, notes, and annotations on impressive figures via Parker biographer Marion Meade.

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1815Napoleon returns from exile. The 舠Hundred Days舡 of his re newed reign ends when he is defeated at Waterloo. 1816A marvelously gifted and precocious writer, Victor Hugo pro claims his ambition to rival Franȱois-Renȳ de Chateaubriand, the most famous Romantic author of his generation. 1818Sophie and Lȳopold are legally separated (divorce was ille gal in France between 1816 and 1886). 1819Despite his mother舗s wishes for a more ambitious union, Victor falls in love with舒and secretly asks the hand of舒his neighbor, AdȲle Foucher.

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