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Found: Dorothy Parker’s “Pollyanna”

By October 19, 2009

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The new edition of The Uncollected Dorothy Parker has a new and unusually autobiographical poem in it, never before published under her name: “Pollyanna Takes the Air,” which deals with her brief affair with playright Charles MacArthur in the 1920s.

from The Telegraph (UK):
Found: Dorothy Parker poem reveals pain of rejection,” by Tom Leonard
“Dorothy Parker had much to say about the romantic misfortunes of others but the celebrated wit was curiously silent about her own doomed love affair.... Although Parker famously said of MacArthur: ‘How like me, to put all my eggs into one bastard,’ there had been no solid evidence until now that she had ever written about their relationship.”

from The Age (Australia):
Dorothy Parker poem found
“A ‘lost’ poem by Dorothy Parker has thrown light on her affair in the early 1920s with emerging playwright Charles MacArthur, which led her to an abortion and a suicide attempt.... editor Stuart Silverstein has included a previously anonymous poem, ‘Pollyanna Takes the Air,’ in a fresh anthology, having found the original copy in a 50,000-item collection of manuscripts amassed by an eccentric millionaire collector.”

Other recently rediscovered poems:
A trio of new poems by Langston Hughes (February 2009)
A new poem by William Shakespeare (April 2007)
A Robert Frost poem handwritten & hidden away: “War Thoughts at Home” (September 2006)
An ancient poem carved in stone (September 2006)
Rediscovered: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Poetical Essay against war (July 2006)
A new Sappho poem comes to light (June 2005)
“And Yet”... A new Philip Larkin poem comes to light after a half century lost in the library (August 2004)


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