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Death

Dorothy Parker is well-known for being completely obsessed with death, in both her writing and personal life. It is not clear what exactly fascinates Parker about death and dying because it takes on many forms. There are tales of those who have died and are looking back at those she has left behind with a sense of relief or remorse. There are many poems that express such a great misery at the state of Parker's life, or the life of the character, that death would be a welcome release. However, when death does not come, Parker and the character both seem to be angry, frustrated, or simply resigned.

It is known that Parker suffered from alcoholism and depression, as revealed in Big Blonde. One cannot help but see Hazel Morse as a thinly veiled version of Parker, unstable, suffering from loss of love, and slavery to a bottle...

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