An Informal Hour with Dorothy Parker

An Informal Hour with Dorothy Parker
An Informal Hour with Dorothy Parker

The World of Dorothy Parker
The World of Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker made two full-length LP recordings of her work:
1956: Her first LP is from Spoken Arts, An Informal Hour with Dorothy Parker (Spoken Arts 726).
1964: Verve asked her to read her poems and stories for The World of Dorothy Parker (Verve V-15029).

An Informal Hour with Dorothy Parker is short stories, a few poems, and a book review. The World of Dorothy Parker is more expansive and covers her light verse and the bulk of her most famous pieces.

At the time of the recording sessions, Mrs. Parker was 63 and 71. Her voice ravaged by years of Chesterfields and Johnny Walker, this offers a peek at the real Mrs. Parker. She died three years after recording her second LP. Special thanks to Jon Snyder and Catherine Chodack for loaning me their LPs.

Note: The NAACP owns the copyright to Dorothy Parker poems, so copying these tracks for commercial use or performance is prohibited. This also applies to public performance on radio and television.

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