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  • Selected Readings from The Portable Dorothy Parker | Edited by Marion Meade

    Selected Readings from The Portable Dorothy Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Edited by Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
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    When it comes to expressing the pleasure and pain of being just a touch too smart to be happy, Dorothy Parker is still the champion. Along with Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and the rest of the Algonquin Round Table, she dominated American popular literature in the 1920s and 1930s. This collection of more than 30 short stories and poems is essential for any Parker fan and an excellent way for new listeners to make the acquaintance of one of the 20th century's most quotable authors.

    Barry says: "What women really think"
  • Dorothy Parker | Marion Meade

    Dorothy Parker

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Grace Conlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    She was known for her outrageous one-liners, her ruthless theater criticism, her clever verses and bittersweet stories. But there was another side to Dorothy Parker, a private life set on a course of destruction.

    Heimo says: "heartbreaking and hilarious"
  • Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties | Marion Meade

    Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Lorna Raver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    This is an exuberant group portrait of four extraordinary writers, Zelda Fitzgerald, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Dorothy Parker, and Edna Ferber, whose loves, lives, and literary endeavors captured the spirit of the 1920s.

    Diana says: "Fascinating lives!"
  • Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase | Marion Meade

    Buster Keaton: Cut to the Chase

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Douglas R. Pratt
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    Buster Keaton (1895-1966) was a brilliant comedian and filmmaker who conceived, wrote, directed, acted, and even edited most of his ten feature films and nineteen short comedies, which are perhaps the finest silent pictures ever made. With a face of stone and a mind that engineered breathtakingly intricate moments of slapstick, Keaton has become an icon of the American cinema. Marion Meade's definitive biography explores his often brutal childhood acting experiences, the making of his masterpieces, his shame at his own lack of education, his life-threatening alcoholism, and his turbulent marriages.

    Michael says: "Great overall history of one of the greats"
  • The Unruly Life of Woody Allen | Marion Meade

    The Unruly Life of Woody Allen

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Mary Woods
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    The first uncensored biography to investigate our era's most celebrated, distinctive, and confounding filmmaker reveals the controversial private life behind the iconic public persona.

    Lloyd says: "too much (sordid) information"
  • Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney | Marion Meade

    Lonelyhearts: The Screwball World of Nathanael West and Eileen McKenney

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Marion Meade
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
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    Nathanael West: novelist, screenwriter, playwright, devoted outdoorsman was one of the most gifted and original writers of his generation, a comic artist whose insight into the brutalities of modern life proved prophetic. He is famous for two masterpieces, Miss Lonelyhearts (1933) and The Day of the Locust (1939). Seventy years later, The Day of the Locust remains the most penetrating novel ever written about Hollywood.

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