Summer 1939 • Vol. I No. 3 Book ReviewsJuly 1, 1939 |

Technique and Tantrum

Here Lies. Collected Stories of Dorothy Parker. Viking Press. $3.00 Wickford Point. By John P. Marquand. Little Brown. $2.75 Here are authors who rather amusingly illustrate almost opposite extremes of satiric method; and they fail for antithetic reasons. The one is all expert machinery functioning upon a minimum, nearly an absence of material; the other is full of substance and violence of feeling invalidated by absence of analysis and crudity of technique. Mr. Marquand’s neat operations upon a New England family decaying into dry rot are as dispassionate as an automatic telephone exchange. They remind one, in their efficiency and in the emptiness of the theme that engages them, of those mechanical sculptures of Grabo and Moholy-Nagy: all gleaming springs, coiled wires, and meshed gears: a machine for doing nothing. Miss Parker, on the other hand, is all emotion. She is enraged at the cruelty of life, embittered by the injustices of modern society, furious with the callousnes

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