There is a whole generation of people who never even heard of Dorothy Parker and it's really a shame, because she was one of the best writers this country ever had, in terms of satire. I first came across some of her short stories when I was a kid, during one of the frequent trips to the library my mother took me on. I absolutely loved reading anything by writers I wasn't familiar with and picked an anthology of short stories on one visit. Included in it was a short story by Dorothy Parker, titled "The Waltz", which was a monologue told from the perspective of a wallflower, attending a dance. Very funny! From that point on, I looked for whatever else I could find that was written by her and she became one of my favorite authors, even inspiring me to write myself. The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker is a collection of some of her writings, that show you a glimpse of her genius. When you consider that her real life was a pretty unhappy one, her work takes on a strange kind of poignancy, when you realize that she created some of her funniest poems and stories, when her life was bottoming out. I was able to get The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker on Amazon.com for a phenomenal $7.67!