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Biography of Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker (1893 - 1967)

Dorothy Parker was one of the most successful and influential women writers of her era. Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, 1893 in West End, N.J. Her mother was Scottish and her father Jewish. She was "a late unexpected arrival in a loveless family". At the age of four her mother died. Her father remarried and Dorothy's home life was strained and distant at best. She was educated in private schools in N.J. and N.Y.C. Dorothy suffered two tragedies as a young woman. Her brother Henry died aboard the Titanic and a yearlater her father passed away. Dorothy moved to New York City in 1911 where she lived in a boarding house and worked as a piano player at a dance school. At the age of 21 she began submitting her writing to various magazines and papers. Her poem "Any Porch" was accepted and published by Vanity Fair. A few months later she was hired by Vogue, a sister publication of Vanity Fair. While working at Vogue her submissions to Vanity Fair continued to be published. After two years of working at Vogue she was transferred to Vanity Fair. In 1917 she married Edwin Parker, a stock broker. The marriage only lasted a brief time, but now she was Mrs. Dorothy Parker. At Vanity Fair she became New York's only female drama critic at the time. In the spring of 1919 she was invited to the Algonquin Hotel because of her connections at Vanity Fair and her reputation as a drama critic. This was the beginning of the famous Algonquin Round Table, an renowned intellectual literary circle.Dorothy was the only female founding member. It brought together such writers as Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, James Thurber, George Kaufman and many others. Dorothy was still writing for Vanity Fair but her reviews were becoming increasingly sarcastic and unfavorable. She was fired from the magazine in 1921. To earn money she began writing subtitles for a movie by D.W. Griffith.

Dorothy soon found another job at the magazine Ainslee's where she could be as sarcastic, bitchy, and witty as she pleased. In 1922 she wrote her first short story - "Such a PrettyLittle Picture" - this was the beginning of her literary career. In January of 1924 Dorothy divorced and moved into the Algonquin Hotel. She began writing plays; "Close Harmony" was her first. The first issue of The New Yorker was published in early 1925 and Dorothy contributed drama reviews and poetry for the first few issues. In February of 1926 she set off for Paris, but continued contributing articles to the New Yorker and Life. While in France she befriended Earnest Hemingway; surprisingly, considering his male chauvinist attitudes. Dorothy returned to New York in November. Her first book of poetry, "Enough Rope", was published and received favorable reviews as well ad being a commercial success. In 1927 she became very involved in the Sacco and Vanzetti trial. She traveled to Boston to join the protests against the execution of two innocent men. During the protest she was arrested but refused to travel in the paddy wagon, insisting on walking to jail. She was a committed socialist from this day until her death.

In October Dorothy became the book reviewer for the The New Yorker Magazine, under the title "The Constant Reader". In February of 1929 Dorothy's short story "The Big Blonde" was published and she won the prestigious O. Henry award for the best short story of the year. That same year Dorothy began doing screen writing in Hollywood. She moved to Hollywoodbecause she needed the money and was offered a contract by MGM. Dorothy wrote many screenplays over the next decade. In 1933 she once again traveled to Europe where she met her second husband Alan Campbell. He was also of Scottish-Jewish descent, and a rumored bisexual. They became screen writing partners and signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in 1935. In 1936 she helped found the Anti Nazi League. In 1937 Dorothy won an academy award for her joint screenplay of "A Star is Born".

Throughout the 1940's Dorothy continued writing prose and short stories along with screenplays. She was widely published in many magazines and Viking released an anthology of her short stories and prose. In 1949 she divorced Alan Campbell, but later they remarried.

In the 1950's she was called before the House on un-American Activities and pleaded the first instead of the fifth, still refusing to name any names. In 1952-1953 testimonywas given against her before the HUAC. From 1957-1963 she worked as a book reviewer for Esquire magazine. In 1959 she was inducted into American Academy of Arts and Letters. She was a distinguished Visiting Professor of English at California State College in L.A. In 1964 she published her final magazine piece in November's issue of Esquire.

On June 7, 1967, she was found dead of a heart attack in her room at Hotel Volney in New York City. She bequeathed her entire literary estate to the NAACP.



189 Poems written by Dorothy Parker

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Page ViewsPoemComments
24308 Resume Comments and analysis of Resume by Dorothy Parker 292 Comments
19525 One Perfect Rose Comments and analysis of One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker 322 Comments
17778 Unfortunate Coincidence Comments and analysis of Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker 53 Comments
16932 "Star Light, Star Bright-" Comments and analysis of 52 Comments
16177 On Being a Woman Comments and analysis of On Being a Woman by Dorothy Parker 28 Comments
15664 My Own Comments and analysis of My Own by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
15589 Godmother Comments and analysis of Godmother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
15581 The False Friends Comments and analysis of The False Friends by Dorothy Parker 78 Comments
15184 Little Words Comments and analysis of Little Words by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
14827 The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse Comments and analysis of The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse by Dorothy Parker 27 Comments
14549 Condolence Comments and analysis of Condolence by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
13435 After Spanish Proverb Comments and analysis of After Spanish Proverb by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
13018 For a Favorite Granddaughter
12434 Fighting Words
12211 Penelope Comments and analysis of Penelope by Dorothy Parker 258 Comments
11551 Sanctuary Comments and analysis of Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
11448 The Choice Comments and analysis of The Choice by Dorothy Parker 48 Comments
11366 Autumn Valentine Comments and analysis of Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker 31 Comments
11274 Epitaph Comments and analysis of Epitaph by Dorothy Parker 219 Comments
11137 Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song Comments and analysis of Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker 216 Comments
11062 Rhyme Against Living Comments and analysis of Rhyme Against Living by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
10937 Sweet Violets Comments and analysis of Sweet Violets by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
10742 The Dark Girl's Rhyme Comments and analysis of The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker 43 Comments
10656 A Very Short Song Comments and analysis of A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker 277 Comments
10561 The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk
10501 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by Dorothy Parker 43 Comments
10387 The Satin Dress Comments and analysis of The Satin Dress by Dorothy Parker 41 Comments
10228 The Sea Comments and analysis of The Sea by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
10161 The Apple Tree
10074 Indian Summer Comments and analysis of Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
10049 A Dream Lies Dead
10020 The Red Dress Comments and analysis of The Red Dress by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
9886 Midnight Comments and analysis of Midnight by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
9682 The Trusting Heart Comments and analysis of The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
9653 Lines on Reading Too Many Poets Comments and analysis of Lines on Reading Too Many Poets by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
9262 A Certain Lady
9257 The Lady's Reward Comments and analysis of The Lady's Reward by Dorothy Parker 37 Comments
8854 Summary Comments and analysis of Summary by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
8850 A Fairly Sad Tale
8772 Of a Woman, Dead Young
8547 Rainy Night Comments and analysis of Rainy Night by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
8492 Faute de Mieux Comments and analysis of Faute de Mieux by Dorothy Parker 27 Comments
8392 The Last Question Comments and analysis of The Last Question by Dorothy Parker 233 Comments
8388 Sonnet on an Alpine Night Comments and analysis of Sonnet on an Alpine Night by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8206 From a Letter from Lesbia
8186 Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom Comments and analysis of Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
8119 Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals Comments and analysis of Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
8099 Symptom Recital Comments and analysis of Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7795 Guinevere at Her Fireside Comments and analysis of Guinevere at Her Fireside by Dorothy Parker 207 Comments
7793 Ornithology for Beginners Comments and analysis of Ornithology for Beginners by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7716 Parable for a Certain Virgin Comments and analysis of Parable for a Certain Virgin by Dorothy Parker 24 Comments
7559 Somebody's Song Comments and analysis of Somebody's Song by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
7509 Prisoner
7397 The Small Hours Comments and analysis of The Small Hours by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
7381 Post-Graduate Comments and analysis of Post-Graduate by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7258 A Pig's-Eye View of Literature
7235 A Well-Worn Story
7225 The New Love Comments and analysis of The New Love by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7195 But Not Forgotten Comments and analysis of But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
7120 Mortal Enemy Comments and analysis of Mortal Enemy by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
7112 August Comments and analysis of August by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
7108 For a Sad Lady
7060 Sonnet for the End of a Sequence Comments and analysis of Sonnet for the End of a Sequence by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
6926 The Willow
6795 Ballade of a Talked-off Ear
6793 Epitaph for a Darling Lady
6696 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6682 Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday Comments and analysis of Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6557 Garden-Spot
6474 Inventory Comments and analysis of Inventory by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
6375 Autobiography
6372 On Cheating the Fiddler Comments and analysis of On Cheating the Fiddler by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
6315 The Whistling Girl Comments and analysis of The Whistling Girl by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6293 Chant for Dark Hours Comments and analysis of Chant for Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6292 De Profundis Comments and analysis of De Profundis by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
6240 Ballade at Thirty-Five Comments and analysis of Ballade at Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker 28 Comments
6186 A Portrait
6129 Observation Comments and analysis of Observation by Dorothy Parker 428 Comments
6116 Braggart
6073 Bric-a-Brac Comments and analysis of Bric-a-Brac by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
6059 Paths Comments and analysis of Paths by Dorothy Parker 202 Comments
6010 Charles Dickens Comments and analysis of Charles Dickens by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5986 Experience Comments and analysis of Experience by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5874 Sight
5868 Oscar Wilde Comments and analysis of Oscar Wilde by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5819 Godspeed Comments and analysis of Godspeed by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5761 Song of Perfect Propriety
5715 Fulfillment
5709 Ballade of a Great Weariness
5637 Interview Comments and analysis of Interview by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5622 Afternoon Comments and analysis of Afternoon by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
5619 The Maid-Servant at the Inn Comments and analysis of The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
5607 News Item Comments and analysis of News Item by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
5565 Anecdote Comments and analysis of Anecdote by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5557 Incurable Comments and analysis of Incurable by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5506 Healed Comments and analysis of Healed by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
5498 Portrait of the Artist Comments and analysis of Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5463 Nocturne
5439 Alfred, Lord Tennyson Comments and analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
5435 The White Lady
5428 The Leal Comments and analysis of The Leal by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5425 They Part Comments and analysis of They Part by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
5407 Landscape Comments and analysis of Landscape by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5390 Neither Bloody nor Bowed Comments and analysis of Neither Bloody nor Bowed by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5352 Now at Liberty Comments and analysis of Now at Liberty by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
5349 Theory
5268 Temps Perdu Comments and analysis of Temps Perdu by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5251 Two-Volume Novel Comments and analysis of Two-Volume Novel by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
5187 Iseult of Brittany
5108 Plea
5089 Wail
5070 Requiescat Comments and analysis of Requiescat by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
4995 Fable
4987 Walter Savage Landor Comments and analysis of Walter Savage Landor by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
4948 Liebestod
4882 Convalescent Comments and analysis of Convalescent by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
4838 The Searched Soul Comments and analysis of The Searched Soul by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4820 Pictures in the Smoke
4790 Victoria Comments and analysis of Victoria by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4770 Story
4728 The Second Oldest Story
4720 Testament
4690 For a Lady Who Must Write Verse
4683 Interior Comments and analysis of Interior by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
4668 Rondeau Redouble Comments and analysis of Rondeau Redouble by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
4665 Recurrence
4558 Prophetic Soul
4480 D. G. Rossetti
4422 The Dramatists
4411 The Homebody Comments and analysis of The Homebody by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4388 Prologue to a Saga
4380 Pattern
4366 The Thin Edge
4342 Roundel
4334 The Immortals
4220 George Sand
4186 Pour Prendre Conge
4037 Harriet Beecher Stowe
4022 Alexandre Dumas and His Son Comments and analysis of Alexandre Dumas and His Son by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
3930 Thomas Carlyle
3830 To Newcastle
3769 Story of Mrs. W-
3425 George Gissing Comments and analysis of George Gissing by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
1310 General Review of the Sex Situation Comments and analysis of General Review of the Sex Situation by Dorothy Parker 680 Comments
911 Prayer for a Prayer Comments and analysis of Prayer for a Prayer by Dorothy Parker 36 Comments
749 Solace Comments and analysis of Solace by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
632 Coda Comments and analysis of Coda by Dorothy Parker 232 Comments
613 Frustration Comments and analysis of Frustration by Dorothy Parker 240 Comments
586 Distance Comments and analysis of Distance by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
575 Comment Comments and analysis of Comment by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
570 Prayer for a New Mother Comments and analysis of Prayer for a New Mother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
570 Verse for a Certain Dog Comments and analysis of Verse for a Certain Dog by Dorothy Parker 37 Comments
567 Dilemma Comments and analysis of Dilemma by Dorothy Parker 244 Comments
558 Light of Love Comments and analysis of Light of Love by Dorothy Parker 18 Comments
548 The Evening Primrose Comments and analysis of The Evening Primrose by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
537 Lullaby Comments and analysis of Lullaby by Dorothy Parker 41 Comments
530 Bohemia
526 Social Note
504 Thought for a Sunshiny Morning
462 Transition
455 Hearthside
421 Wisdom Comments and analysis of Wisdom by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
399 Vers Demode
398 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
396 For an Unknown Lady
387 Reuben's Children Comments and analysis of Reuben's Children by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
386 The Gentlest Lady Comments and analysis of The Gentlest Lady by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
373 Daylight Saving Comments and analysis of Daylight Saving by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
307 There Was One Comments and analysis of There Was One by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
238 I Shall Come Back Comments and analysis of I Shall Come Back by Dorothy Parker 209 Comments
229 Ultimatum Comments and analysis of Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
222 I Know I Have Been Happiest Comments and analysis of I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
197 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Dorothy Parker 238 Comments
188 The Burned Child
184 Fair Weather
176 Words of Comfort to Be Scratched on a Mirror
175 The Trifler Comments and analysis of The Trifler by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
153 Second Love
150 The Veteran Comments and analysis of The Veteran by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
142 Superfluous Advice Comments and analysis of Superfluous Advice by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
130 Partial Comfort Comments and analysis of Partial Comfort by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
125 To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady Comments and analysis of To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
2 Renunciation
1 Tombstones in the Starlight Comments and analysis of Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
1 Cherry White Comments and analysis of Cherry White by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
1 The Flaw in Paganism Comments and analysis of The Flaw in Paganism by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
1 Salome's Dancing-Lesson
1 Song of One of the Girls
1 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Dorothy Parker 248 Comments


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