Argument over Dorothy Parker Anthology goes to court

The New York Times has an article about an anthology of Dorothy Parker’s work, where according to the article, “The case pits Stuart Y. Silverstein, a Los Angeles lawyer who researched and assembled 122 previously uncollected poems and verses in the book “Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker,” against Penguin Putnam, which published “Dorothy Parker, Complete Poems,” and used Mr. Silverstein’s book as a source for the last chapter without giving him any credit or paying him any royalties.”

The argument then that comes into play is how much ‘creativity’ Silverstein used in the arrangement of poems, when Penguin claims that his arrangement was based on Parker’s listing of her own work. Penguin is then saying that Silverstein is trying to cash in on Parker’s poetry.

“Mr. Silverstein is simply seeking to personally profit from the sales of Ms. Parker’s poems,” the chief executive of Penguin states in The New York Times.

While this trial is underway, Penguin has not been able to release the anthology. For more information, visit the article.


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