Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is the author of numerous short stories, poems, and essays.
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is the author of numerous short stories, poems, and essays.

In December of 2012 I posted a series of essay/blog posts written by several writerly friends of mine, all focused on the short story, You Were Perfectly Fine, by Dorothy Parker.

This, along with several other short stories that I have featured on the blog, is one of the stories I discuss when teaching my Fiction Basics course. It is a story composed almost entirely of dialogue, and I think it is an amazing example of how dialogue does so much more in good literature than just report the words characters said to each other.

This is true in both fiction writing (obviously) but also in well-written non-fiction works.

This series of blogs was among my favorites, over the years, because it featured some folks I’m very fond of, and a story I enjoy.

I hope you’ll click through to the summary page for those posts and read a few of the blogs that were featured then.

Are there any books or stories that you go back to again and again? I’d be especially interested to hear if you find a certain book or author benefits your own understanding of your written work…leave a note below.

P.S. I did similar weeks with Raymond Carver and Flannery O’Connor. Check ’em out!

Good Literature: Peeks at Dorothy Parker
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