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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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23954 Resume Comments and analysis of Resume by Dorothy Parker 276 Comments
19183 One Perfect Rose Comments and analysis of One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker 302 Comments
17430 Unfortunate Coincidence Comments and analysis of Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker 50 Comments
16616 "Star Light, Star Bright-" Comments and analysis of 49 Comments
15910 On Being a Woman Comments and analysis of On Being a Woman by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
15451 My Own Comments and analysis of My Own by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
15385 Godmother Comments and analysis of Godmother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
15328 The False Friends Comments and analysis of The False Friends by Dorothy Parker 71 Comments
14754 Little Words Comments and analysis of Little Words by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
14579 The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse Comments and analysis of The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse by Dorothy Parker 25 Comments
14442 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Dorothy Parker 233 Comments
14192 Condolence Comments and analysis of Condolence by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
13157 After Spanish Proverb Comments and analysis of After Spanish Proverb by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
12829 For a Favorite Granddaughter
12156 Fighting Words
12091 The Flaw in Paganism Comments and analysis of The Flaw in Paganism by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
11830 Penelope Comments and analysis of Penelope by Dorothy Parker 246 Comments
11515 Cherry White Comments and analysis of Cherry White by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
11331 Sanctuary Comments and analysis of Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
11211 The Choice Comments and analysis of The Choice by Dorothy Parker 42 Comments
11126 Autumn Valentine Comments and analysis of Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker 30 Comments
11029 Epitaph Comments and analysis of Epitaph by Dorothy Parker 211 Comments
10815 Rhyme Against Living Comments and analysis of Rhyme Against Living by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
10725 Sweet Violets Comments and analysis of Sweet Violets by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
10519 The Dark Girl's Rhyme Comments and analysis of The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
10285 A Very Short Song Comments and analysis of A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker 260 Comments
10278 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
10227 The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk
10213 I Know I Have Been Happiest Comments and analysis of I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
10191 The Satin Dress Comments and analysis of The Satin Dress by Dorothy Parker 39 Comments
10007 The Sea Comments and analysis of The Sea by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
9871 The Apple Tree
9706 Indian Summer Comments and analysis of Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker 36 Comments
9651 Midnight Comments and analysis of Midnight by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
9629 The Red Dress Comments and analysis of The Red Dress by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
9602 A Dream Lies Dead
9505 The Trusting Heart Comments and analysis of The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
9437 Lines on Reading Too Many Poets Comments and analysis of Lines on Reading Too Many Poets by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
9035 Salome's Dancing-Lesson
8958 A Certain Lady
8874 The Lady's Reward Comments and analysis of The Lady's Reward by Dorothy Parker 34 Comments
8850 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Dorothy Parker 241 Comments
8831 Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song Comments and analysis of Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker 211 Comments
8633 Summary Comments and analysis of Summary by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
8602 Of a Woman, Dead Young
8557 A Fairly Sad Tale
8288 Rainy Night Comments and analysis of Rainy Night by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
8274 The Veteran Comments and analysis of The Veteran by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
8224 Faute de Mieux Comments and analysis of Faute de Mieux by Dorothy Parker 23 Comments
8107 The Last Question Comments and analysis of The Last Question by Dorothy Parker 222 Comments
8053 From a Letter from Lesbia
7990 Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom Comments and analysis of Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom by Dorothy Parker 34 Comments
7891 Words of Comfort to Be Scratched on a Mirror
7862 Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals Comments and analysis of Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7770 Symptom Recital Comments and analysis of Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7753 Second Love
7716 Ultimatum Comments and analysis of Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
7514 Guinevere at Her Fireside Comments and analysis of Guinevere at Her Fireside by Dorothy Parker 204 Comments
7472 Ornithology for Beginners Comments and analysis of Ornithology for Beginners by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
7453 Parable for a Certain Virgin Comments and analysis of Parable for a Certain Virgin by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
7330 Prisoner
7323 Somebody's Song Comments and analysis of Somebody's Song by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
7211 Post-Graduate Comments and analysis of Post-Graduate by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7157 The Small Hours Comments and analysis of The Small Hours by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
7081 A Pig's-Eye View of Literature
7044 The New Love Comments and analysis of The New Love by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6962 But Not Forgotten Comments and analysis of But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
6920 For a Sad Lady
6903 August Comments and analysis of August by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6893 Mortal Enemy Comments and analysis of Mortal Enemy by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
6859 A Well-Worn Story
6813 Sonnet for the End of a Sequence Comments and analysis of Sonnet for the End of a Sequence by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
6786 I Shall Come Back Comments and analysis of I Shall Come Back by Dorothy Parker 202 Comments
6721 The Willow
6589 Epitaph for a Darling Lady
6540 Ballade of a Talked-off Ear
6534 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6501 Song of One of the Girls
6437 Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday Comments and analysis of Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6391 Garden-Spot
6194 Autobiography
6191 Inventory Comments and analysis of Inventory by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
6166 On Cheating the Fiddler Comments and analysis of On Cheating the Fiddler by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
6127 Chant for Dark Hours Comments and analysis of Chant for Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6112 The Burned Child
6098 To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady Comments and analysis of To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
6095 De Profundis Comments and analysis of De Profundis by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
6083 The Whistling Girl Comments and analysis of The Whistling Girl by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6027 Ballade at Thirty-Five Comments and analysis of Ballade at Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
6013 A Portrait
5894 Paths Comments and analysis of Paths by Dorothy Parker 196 Comments
5886 Observation Comments and analysis of Observation by Dorothy Parker 416 Comments
5872 Bric-a-Brac Comments and analysis of Bric-a-Brac by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
5853 Superfluous Advice Comments and analysis of Superfluous Advice by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5791 Braggart
5780 Experience Comments and analysis of Experience by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5737 Charles Dickens Comments and analysis of Charles Dickens by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
5677 Sight
5670 Oscar Wilde
5628 Godspeed Comments and analysis of Godspeed by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5515 Fulfillment
5488 Ballade of a Great Weariness
5433 Song of Perfect Propriety
5422 Interview Comments and analysis of Interview by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
5390 Anecdote Comments and analysis of Anecdote by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5382 Incurable Comments and analysis of Incurable by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
5342 Healed Comments and analysis of Healed by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
5336 The Maid-Servant at the Inn Comments and analysis of The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5316 Afternoon Comments and analysis of Afternoon by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
5312 News Item Comments and analysis of News Item by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
5310 Portrait of the Artist Comments and analysis of Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5291 Sonnet on an Alpine Night Comments and analysis of Sonnet on an Alpine Night by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5288 Alfred, Lord Tennyson Comments and analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
5265 Nocturne
5253 The White Lady
5250 The Leal Comments and analysis of The Leal by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5239 They Part Comments and analysis of They Part by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
5216 Neither Bloody nor Bowed Comments and analysis of Neither Bloody nor Bowed by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
5212 Landscape Comments and analysis of Landscape by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5128 Now at Liberty Comments and analysis of Now at Liberty by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5105 Temps Perdu Comments and analysis of Temps Perdu by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5069 Two-Volume Novel Comments and analysis of Two-Volume Novel by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5066 Theory
5012 Iseult of Brittany
4934 Requiescat Comments and analysis of Requiescat by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
4932 Wail
4924 Plea
4910 Fair Weather
4863 Walter Savage Landor Comments and analysis of Walter Savage Landor by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
4798 The Trifler Comments and analysis of The Trifler by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4783 Fable
4695 Convalescent Comments and analysis of Convalescent by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
4661 The Searched Soul Comments and analysis of The Searched Soul by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4626 Victoria
4623 Liebestod
4609 Story
4597 Pictures in the Smoke
4586 Partial Comfort Comments and analysis of Partial Comfort by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
4572 The Second Oldest Story
4503 Testament
4496 Rondeau Redouble Comments and analysis of Rondeau Redouble by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
4493 Interior Comments and analysis of Interior by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
4486 Recurrence
4454 For a Lady Who Must Write Verse
4377 Prophetic Soul
4350 D. G. Rossetti
4248 The Homebody Comments and analysis of The Homebody by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
4237 Pattern
4212 Prologue to a Saga
4196 The Immortals
4195 The Dramatists
4164 The Thin Edge
4115 Roundel
4048 George Sand
4014 Renunciation
3992 Pour Prendre Conge
3877 Harriet Beecher Stowe
3861 Alexandre Dumas and His Son Comments and analysis of Alexandre Dumas and His Son by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
3719 Thomas Carlyle
3639 Story of Mrs. W-
3631 To Newcastle
3256 George Gissing Comments and analysis of George Gissing by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
693 General Review of the Sex Situation Comments and analysis of General Review of the Sex Situation by Dorothy Parker 644 Comments
574 Prayer for a Prayer Comments and analysis of Prayer for a Prayer by Dorothy Parker 30 Comments
426 Solace Comments and analysis of Solace by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
383 Coda Comments and analysis of Coda by Dorothy Parker 221 Comments
377 Frustration Comments and analysis of Frustration by Dorothy Parker 230 Comments
352 Prayer for a New Mother Comments and analysis of Prayer for a New Mother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
340 Distance Comments and analysis of Distance by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
338 Light of Love Comments and analysis of Light of Love by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
326 Verse for a Certain Dog Comments and analysis of Verse for a Certain Dog by Dorothy Parker 36 Comments
313 Bohemia
310 Dilemma Comments and analysis of Dilemma by Dorothy Parker 239 Comments
300 The Evening Primrose Comments and analysis of The Evening Primrose by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
297 Social Note
291 Lullaby Comments and analysis of Lullaby by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
283 Tombstones in the Starlight Comments and analysis of Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
276 Comment Comments and analysis of Comment by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
261 Wisdom Comments and analysis of Wisdom by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
258 Transition
252 Hearthside
243 Thought for a Sunshiny Morning
227 For an Unknown Lady
223 Vers Demode
221 Daylight Saving Comments and analysis of Daylight Saving by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
211 Reuben's Children Comments and analysis of Reuben's Children by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
207 The Gentlest Lady Comments and analysis of The Gentlest Lady by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
204 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
188 There Was One Comments and analysis of There Was One by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments


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