After Such Pleasures

After Such Pleasures

By: Parker, Dorothy

Price: $750.00

Quantity: 1 available


The boards are soiled and the spine is splitting and separating at the top. The hinges are cracked, front and rear. Embossed seal of a previous owner (Helen DeWitt) on the front free endpaper. The dust jacket has some chipping, edge wear, and a bit of toning. Dorothy Parker's second collection of short stories, which were originally published in Harper's Bazaar, the New Yorker, Cosmopolitan, and Smart Set. The book is inscribed with a fountain pen in blue ink by Dorothy Parker to Helen DeWitt: "To Helen DeWitt- who was so darn nice to me- Gratefully, Dorothy Parker, Presbyterian Hospital, January 16 (I think)." The year of the inscription is unknown, but this second printing was in November 1933, so Parker's January 16th inscription could have been as early as a few months later in 1934. Later that year, she and her new husband Alan Campbell would move to Hollywood and work as screenwriters. Films from 1937 (A Star is Born) and 1947 (Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman) earned her and her co-writers Oscar nominations. There is a Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital that assumed that name in 1937 and there is (was) also Presbyterian Hospital in New York during Parker's lifetime. Parker was back in New York from 1952 to 1961, and then returned to Hollywood for a few years before moving back to New York for good after Campbell's death in 1963. She died there just four years later at age 73. So where the inscription was made is a mystery for now. As for Helen DeWitt and her connection to Dorothy Parker, if any, that is also a mystery. She may have been employed by Presbyterian Hospital in either New York or Hollywood. Searches for Helen De Witt connected to the hospital and the medical/hospital professions in New York or Hollywood during the 1930s-1960s have been unsuccessful, though an account of Dorothy Parker's stay in Presbyterian Hospital in New York after one of her suicide attempts is known through her letter to Seward Collins in 1927. Interestingly, she wrote "I think" after the date in her salutation for that letter as she did in the inscription to Helen DeWitt. Perhaps her use of that parenthetical addition to the date was common for a certain time period in her writing and inscriptions and that might further define the date range and place for the inscription in this book. A scarce and interesting inscription, nonetheless.

Title: After Such Pleasures

Author: Parker, Dorothy

Categories: Short Stories,

Edition: Second Printing

Publisher: New York, Viking: 1933

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Fair

Jacket Condition: Good

Inscription: SIGNED

Seller ID: 09897

Keywords: Dorothy Parker Inscribed Copy,