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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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24805 Resume Comments and analysis of Resume by Dorothy Parker 315 Comments
18279 Unfortunate Coincidence Comments and analysis of Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker 55 Comments
17336 "Star Light, Star Bright-" Comments and analysis of 54 Comments
16140 My Own Comments and analysis of My Own by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
15988 The False Friends Comments and analysis of The False Friends by Dorothy Parker 82 Comments
15942 Godmother Comments and analysis of Godmother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
15710 Little Words Comments and analysis of Little Words by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
15251 The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse Comments and analysis of The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse by Dorothy Parker 34 Comments
13392 For a Favorite Granddaughter
12816 Fighting Words
12691 Penelope Comments and analysis of Penelope by Dorothy Parker 263 Comments
11928 Sanctuary Comments and analysis of Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
11860 The Choice Comments and analysis of The Choice by Dorothy Parker 51 Comments
11732 Autumn Valentine Comments and analysis of Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
11595 Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song Comments and analysis of Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker 228 Comments
11569 Epitaph Comments and analysis of Epitaph by Dorothy Parker 221 Comments
11431 Rhyme Against Living Comments and analysis of Rhyme Against Living by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
11331 Sweet Violets Comments and analysis of Sweet Violets by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
11110 A Very Short Song Comments and analysis of A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker 301 Comments
11100 The Dark Girl's Rhyme Comments and analysis of The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
10969 The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk
10838 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by Dorothy Parker 48 Comments
10805 The Satin Dress Comments and analysis of The Satin Dress by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
10750 Indian Summer Comments and analysis of Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker 46 Comments
10702 A Dream Lies Dead
10587 The Sea Comments and analysis of The Sea by Dorothy Parker 28 Comments
10539 The Apple Tree
10473 The Red Dress Comments and analysis of The Red Dress by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
10290 Midnight Comments and analysis of Midnight by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
10004 Lines on Reading Too Many Poets Comments and analysis of Lines on Reading Too Many Poets by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
9990 The Trusting Heart Comments and analysis of The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
9638 A Certain Lady
9131 Summary Comments and analysis of Summary by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
9119 Of a Woman, Dead Young
9036 Symptom Recital Comments and analysis of Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8941 Rainy Night Comments and analysis of Rainy Night by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
8855 Faute de Mieux Comments and analysis of Faute de Mieux by Dorothy Parker 30 Comments
8802 The Last Question Comments and analysis of The Last Question by Dorothy Parker 238 Comments
8779 Sonnet on an Alpine Night Comments and analysis of Sonnet on an Alpine Night by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8517 Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom Comments and analysis of Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
8511 From a Letter from Lesbia
8509 Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals Comments and analysis of Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
8367 Guinevere at Her Fireside Comments and analysis of Guinevere at Her Fireside by Dorothy Parker 211 Comments
8200 Ornithology for Beginners Comments and analysis of Ornithology for Beginners by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
7857 Somebody's Song Comments and analysis of Somebody's Song by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
7796 The Small Hours Comments and analysis of The Small Hours by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
7787 Prisoner
7651 Post-Graduate Comments and analysis of Post-Graduate by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7605 Sonnet for the End of a Sequence Comments and analysis of Sonnet for the End of a Sequence by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
7547 But Not Forgotten Comments and analysis of But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
7509 The New Love Comments and analysis of The New Love by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7485 August Comments and analysis of August by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
7411 For a Sad Lady
7254 The Willow
7131 Ballade of a Talked-off Ear
7100 Epitaph for a Darling Lady
7045 Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday Comments and analysis of Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
6929 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6870 Garden-Spot
6750 On Cheating the Fiddler Comments and analysis of On Cheating the Fiddler by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
6672 Autobiography
6646 De Profundis Comments and analysis of De Profundis by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
6611 Chant for Dark Hours Comments and analysis of Chant for Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6608 Ballade at Thirty-Five Comments and analysis of Ballade at Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker 31 Comments
6485 Observation Comments and analysis of Observation by Dorothy Parker 439 Comments
6454 A Portrait
6408 Bric-a-Brac Comments and analysis of Bric-a-Brac by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
6354 Paths Comments and analysis of Paths by Dorothy Parker 203 Comments
6330 Song of Perfect Propriety
6315 Experience Comments and analysis of Experience by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
6135 The Maid-Servant at the Inn Comments and analysis of The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
6115 Fulfillment
6084 Ballade of a Great Weariness
6074 Afternoon Comments and analysis of Afternoon by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
6074 Godspeed Comments and analysis of Godspeed by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6042 Interview Comments and analysis of Interview by Dorothy Parker 18 Comments
5993 News Item Comments and analysis of News Item by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
5962 Incurable Comments and analysis of Incurable by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5896 The White Lady
5835 Portrait of the Artist Comments and analysis of Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5796 Anecdote Comments and analysis of Anecdote by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5795 Healed Comments and analysis of Healed by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
5758 Now at Liberty Comments and analysis of Now at Liberty by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
5736 Alfred, Lord Tennyson Comments and analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
5716 They Part Comments and analysis of They Part by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5708 The Leal Comments and analysis of The Leal by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5707 Theory
5695 Landscape Comments and analysis of Landscape by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5672 Neither Bloody nor Bowed Comments and analysis of Neither Bloody nor Bowed by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5644 Two-Volume Novel Comments and analysis of Two-Volume Novel by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5545 Temps Perdu Comments and analysis of Temps Perdu by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5430 Requiescat Comments and analysis of Requiescat by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
5425 Plea
5344 Liebestod
5331 Wail
5308 Fable
5250 Walter Savage Landor Comments and analysis of Walter Savage Landor by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5227 Convalescent Comments and analysis of Convalescent by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
5172 The Searched Soul Comments and analysis of The Searched Soul by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5151 Pictures in the Smoke
5082 Victoria Comments and analysis of Victoria by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5055 Story
5046 For a Lady Who Must Write Verse
5032 Rondeau Redouble Comments and analysis of Rondeau Redouble by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5020 The Second Oldest Story
4992 Testament
4952 Recurrence
4810 The Dramatists
4754 Prologue to a Saga
4747 The Homebody Comments and analysis of The Homebody by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
4718 D. G. Rossetti
4693 The Thin Edge
4688 Roundel
4634 Pattern
4616 The Immortals
4539 George Sand
4471 Pour Prendre Conge
4315 Harriet Beecher Stowe
4311 Alexandre Dumas and His Son Comments and analysis of Alexandre Dumas and His Son by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
4247 Thomas Carlyle
4108 To Newcastle
3982 Story of Mrs. W-
2110 General Review of the Sex Situation Comments and analysis of General Review of the Sex Situation by Dorothy Parker 703 Comments
1404 Prayer for a Prayer Comments and analysis of Prayer for a Prayer by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
1143 Frustration Comments and analysis of Frustration by Dorothy Parker 246 Comments
1031 Verse for a Certain Dog Comments and analysis of Verse for a Certain Dog by Dorothy Parker 41 Comments
1023 Distance Comments and analysis of Distance by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
1003 Lullaby Comments and analysis of Lullaby by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
990 The Evening Primrose Comments and analysis of The Evening Primrose by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
982 Prayer for a New Mother Comments and analysis of Prayer for a New Mother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
952 Coda Comments and analysis of Coda by Dorothy Parker 235 Comments
935 Comment Comments and analysis of Comment by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
925 Dilemma Comments and analysis of Dilemma by Dorothy Parker 255 Comments
879 Thought for a Sunshiny Morning
831 Transition
827 Social Note
802 Hearthside
722 I Know I Have Been Happiest Comments and analysis of I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
714 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
705 The Gentlest Lady Comments and analysis of The Gentlest Lady by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
692 For an Unknown Lady
670 Reuben's Children Comments and analysis of Reuben's Children by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
663 I Shall Come Back Comments and analysis of I Shall Come Back by Dorothy Parker 214 Comments
657 Vers Demode
637 Wisdom Comments and analysis of Wisdom by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
624 Daylight Saving Comments and analysis of Daylight Saving by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
620 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Dorothy Parker 244 Comments
603 The Flaw in Paganism Comments and analysis of The Flaw in Paganism by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
574 There Was One Comments and analysis of There Was One by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
566 The Burned Child
561 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Dorothy Parker 258 Comments
555 Fair Weather
553 Words of Comfort to Be Scratched on a Mirror
532 The Trifler Comments and analysis of The Trifler by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
517 Ultimatum Comments and analysis of Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
471 Second Love
452 The Veteran Comments and analysis of The Veteran by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
433 To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady Comments and analysis of To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
430 A Well-Worn Story
427 Song of One of the Girls
422 Partial Comfort Comments and analysis of Partial Comfort by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
411 Condolence Comments and analysis of Condolence by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
408 Superfluous Advice Comments and analysis of Superfluous Advice by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
404 A Fairly Sad Tale
393 After Spanish Proverb Comments and analysis of After Spanish Proverb by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
390 Tombstones in the Starlight Comments and analysis of Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
363 The Lady's Reward Comments and analysis of The Lady's Reward by Dorothy Parker 51 Comments
348 Renunciation
337 Parable for a Certain Virgin Comments and analysis of Parable for a Certain Virgin by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
327 Salome's Dancing-Lesson
321 Sight
315 A Pig's-Eye View of Literature
300 One Perfect Rose Comments and analysis of One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker 335 Comments
295 Nocturne
291 Bohemia
280 Iseult of Brittany
251 Solace Comments and analysis of Solace by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
226 Mortal Enemy Comments and analysis of Mortal Enemy by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
225 Prophetic Soul
219 Charles Dickens Comments and analysis of Charles Dickens by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
212 On Being a Woman Comments and analysis of On Being a Woman by Dorothy Parker 33 Comments
194 Inventory Comments and analysis of Inventory by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
166 George Gissing Comments and analysis of George Gissing by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
144 Light of Love Comments and analysis of Light of Love by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
138 Cherry White Comments and analysis of Cherry White by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
121 Interior Comments and analysis of Interior by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
78 The Whistling Girl Comments and analysis of The Whistling Girl by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
40 Braggart
7 Oscar Wilde Comments and analysis of Oscar Wilde by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments


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