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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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24535 Resume Comments and analysis of Resume by Dorothy Parker 314 Comments
19742 One Perfect Rose Comments and analysis of One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker 335 Comments
18018 Unfortunate Coincidence Comments and analysis of Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker 55 Comments
17140 "Star Light, Star Bright-" Comments and analysis of 54 Comments
16360 On Being a Woman Comments and analysis of On Being a Woman by Dorothy Parker 33 Comments
15906 My Own Comments and analysis of My Own by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
15771 The False Friends Comments and analysis of The False Friends by Dorothy Parker 82 Comments
15764 Godmother Comments and analysis of Godmother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
15471 Little Words Comments and analysis of Little Words by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
15041 The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse Comments and analysis of The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse by Dorothy Parker 32 Comments
13156 For a Favorite Granddaughter
12604 Fighting Words
12436 Penelope Comments and analysis of Penelope by Dorothy Parker 263 Comments
11719 Sanctuary Comments and analysis of Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
11648 The Choice Comments and analysis of The Choice by Dorothy Parker 51 Comments
11532 Autumn Valentine Comments and analysis of Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
11414 Epitaph Comments and analysis of Epitaph by Dorothy Parker 221 Comments
11354 Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song Comments and analysis of Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker 227 Comments
11245 Rhyme Against Living Comments and analysis of Rhyme Against Living by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
11118 Sweet Violets Comments and analysis of Sweet Violets by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
10908 The Dark Girl's Rhyme Comments and analysis of The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker 43 Comments
10867 A Very Short Song Comments and analysis of A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker 294 Comments
10762 The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk
10663 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by Dorothy Parker 48 Comments
10544 The Satin Dress Comments and analysis of The Satin Dress by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
10424 Indian Summer Comments and analysis of Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
10400 A Dream Lies Dead
10399 The Sea Comments and analysis of The Sea by Dorothy Parker 28 Comments
10344 The Apple Tree
10285 The Red Dress Comments and analysis of The Red Dress by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
10041 Midnight Comments and analysis of Midnight by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
9834 The Trusting Heart Comments and analysis of The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
9802 Lines on Reading Too Many Poets Comments and analysis of Lines on Reading Too Many Poets by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
9598 The Lady's Reward Comments and analysis of The Lady's Reward by Dorothy Parker 47 Comments
9436 A Certain Lady
8983 Summary Comments and analysis of Summary by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
8934 Of a Woman, Dead Young
8715 Rainy Night Comments and analysis of Rainy Night by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
8661 Faute de Mieux Comments and analysis of Faute de Mieux by Dorothy Parker 30 Comments
8599 Sonnet on an Alpine Night Comments and analysis of Sonnet on an Alpine Night by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8570 The Last Question Comments and analysis of The Last Question by Dorothy Parker 238 Comments
8344 Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom Comments and analysis of Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
8341 Symptom Recital Comments and analysis of Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
8335 From a Letter from Lesbia
8316 Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals Comments and analysis of Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
8090 Guinevere at Her Fireside Comments and analysis of Guinevere at Her Fireside by Dorothy Parker 207 Comments
8005 Ornithology for Beginners Comments and analysis of Ornithology for Beginners by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
7693 Somebody's Song Comments and analysis of Somebody's Song by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
7656 Prisoner
7588 The Small Hours Comments and analysis of The Small Hours by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
7512 Post-Graduate Comments and analysis of Post-Graduate by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7367 But Not Forgotten Comments and analysis of But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
7366 The New Love Comments and analysis of The New Love by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7318 Sonnet for the End of a Sequence Comments and analysis of Sonnet for the End of a Sequence by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
7292 August Comments and analysis of August by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
7276 For a Sad Lady
7269 Mortal Enemy Comments and analysis of Mortal Enemy by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
7060 The Willow
6963 Epitaph for a Darling Lady
6955 Ballade of a Talked-off Ear
6843 Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday Comments and analysis of Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
6806 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6683 Garden-Spot
6642 Inventory Comments and analysis of Inventory by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
6526 Autobiography
6511 On Cheating the Fiddler Comments and analysis of On Cheating the Fiddler by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
6473 The Whistling Girl Comments and analysis of The Whistling Girl by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6467 De Profundis Comments and analysis of De Profundis by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
6422 Chant for Dark Hours Comments and analysis of Chant for Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6418 Ballade at Thirty-Five Comments and analysis of Ballade at Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker 31 Comments
6392 Braggart
6309 A Portrait
6276 Observation Comments and analysis of Observation by Dorothy Parker 439 Comments
6230 Bric-a-Brac Comments and analysis of Bric-a-Brac by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
6202 Paths Comments and analysis of Paths by Dorothy Parker 203 Comments
6161 Charles Dickens Comments and analysis of Charles Dickens by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
6149 Experience Comments and analysis of Experience by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
6113 Oscar Wilde Comments and analysis of Oscar Wilde by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
6046 Song of Perfect Propriety
5940 Godspeed Comments and analysis of Godspeed by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5888 Fulfillment
5880 Ballade of a Great Weariness
5874 The Maid-Servant at the Inn Comments and analysis of The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
5859 Interview Comments and analysis of Interview by Dorothy Parker 18 Comments
5829 Afternoon Comments and analysis of Afternoon by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
5806 News Item Comments and analysis of News Item by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
5735 Incurable Comments and analysis of Incurable by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5690 Anecdote Comments and analysis of Anecdote by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5666 The White Lady
5663 Healed Comments and analysis of Healed by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
5639 Portrait of the Artist Comments and analysis of Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5580 Theory
5567 Alfred, Lord Tennyson Comments and analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
5566 They Part Comments and analysis of They Part by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5557 The Leal Comments and analysis of The Leal by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5543 Landscape Comments and analysis of Landscape by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5535 Now at Liberty Comments and analysis of Now at Liberty by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
5519 Neither Bloody nor Bowed Comments and analysis of Neither Bloody nor Bowed by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5415 Two-Volume Novel Comments and analysis of Two-Volume Novel by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5407 Temps Perdu Comments and analysis of Temps Perdu by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5262 Plea
5225 Requiescat Comments and analysis of Requiescat by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5212 Wail
5168 Liebestod
5134 Fable
5102 Walter Savage Landor Comments and analysis of Walter Savage Landor by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5048 Convalescent Comments and analysis of Convalescent by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
5009 The Searched Soul Comments and analysis of The Searched Soul by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4980 Pictures in the Smoke
4923 Victoria Comments and analysis of Victoria by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4896 Story
4874 The Second Oldest Story
4866 For a Lady Who Must Write Verse
4850 Testament
4831 Interior Comments and analysis of Interior by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
4823 Rondeau Redouble Comments and analysis of Rondeau Redouble by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
4797 Recurrence
4639 The Dramatists
4618 Prologue to a Saga
4592 D. G. Rossetti
4580 The Homebody Comments and analysis of The Homebody by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
4514 The Thin Edge
4502 Pattern
4496 Roundel
4478 The Immortals
4349 George Sand
4319 Pour Prendre Conge
4158 Alexandre Dumas and His Son Comments and analysis of Alexandre Dumas and His Son by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
4143 Harriet Beecher Stowe
4084 Thomas Carlyle
3966 To Newcastle
3877 Story of Mrs. W-
1699 General Review of the Sex Situation Comments and analysis of General Review of the Sex Situation by Dorothy Parker 701 Comments
1162 Prayer for a Prayer Comments and analysis of Prayer for a Prayer by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
973 Solace Comments and analysis of Solace by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
861 Frustration Comments and analysis of Frustration by Dorothy Parker 246 Comments
809 Distance Comments and analysis of Distance by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
795 Verse for a Certain Dog Comments and analysis of Verse for a Certain Dog by Dorothy Parker 41 Comments
792 Prayer for a New Mother Comments and analysis of Prayer for a New Mother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
767 Coda Comments and analysis of Coda by Dorothy Parker 235 Comments
765 The Evening Primrose Comments and analysis of The Evening Primrose by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
747 Lullaby Comments and analysis of Lullaby by Dorothy Parker 42 Comments
738 Comment Comments and analysis of Comment by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
728 Light of Love Comments and analysis of Light of Love by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
717 Dilemma Comments and analysis of Dilemma by Dorothy Parker 251 Comments
672 Thought for a Sunshiny Morning
672 Social Note
617 Transition
613 Hearthside
551 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
533 Wisdom Comments and analysis of Wisdom by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
531 For an Unknown Lady
530 The Gentlest Lady Comments and analysis of The Gentlest Lady by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
529 Vers Demode
512 Reuben's Children Comments and analysis of Reuben's Children by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
501 Daylight Saving Comments and analysis of Daylight Saving by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
449 I Know I Have Been Happiest Comments and analysis of I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
434 There Was One Comments and analysis of There Was One by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
416 I Shall Come Back Comments and analysis of I Shall Come Back by Dorothy Parker 214 Comments
399 The Burned Child
392 Words of Comfort to Be Scratched on a Mirror
384 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Dorothy Parker 241 Comments
380 Ultimatum Comments and analysis of Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
354 Fair Weather
345 The Trifler Comments and analysis of The Trifler by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
309 Second Love
303 The Veteran Comments and analysis of The Veteran by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
277 The Flaw in Paganism Comments and analysis of The Flaw in Paganism by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
264 Partial Comfort Comments and analysis of Partial Comfort by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
262 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Dorothy Parker 256 Comments
256 To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady Comments and analysis of To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
254 Superfluous Advice Comments and analysis of Superfluous Advice by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
201 After Spanish Proverb Comments and analysis of After Spanish Proverb by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
197 Condolence Comments and analysis of Condolence by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
184 A Well-Worn Story
181 Cherry White Comments and analysis of Cherry White by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
176 Tombstones in the Starlight Comments and analysis of Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
174 Renunciation
165 A Fairly Sad Tale
163 Song of One of the Girls
159 Salome's Dancing-Lesson
152 Parable for a Certain Virgin Comments and analysis of Parable for a Certain Virgin by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
128 A Pig's-Eye View of Literature
128 Sight
122 Bohemia
104 Prophetic Soul
101 Nocturne
95 Iseult of Brittany
15 George Gissing Comments and analysis of George Gissing by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments


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