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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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18811 Unfortunate Coincidence Comments and analysis of Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker 56 Comments
17929 "Star Light, Star Bright-" Comments and analysis of 57 Comments
16817 The False Friends Comments and analysis of The False Friends by Dorothy Parker 84 Comments
16638 My Own Comments and analysis of My Own by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
16544 Godmother Comments and analysis of Godmother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
16330 Little Words Comments and analysis of Little Words by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
13891 For a Favorite Granddaughter
13377 Fighting Words
13217 Penelope Comments and analysis of Penelope by Dorothy Parker 269 Comments
12412 The Choice Comments and analysis of The Choice by Dorothy Parker 54 Comments
12381 Sanctuary Comments and analysis of Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker 28 Comments
12365 Autumn Valentine Comments and analysis of Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker 43 Comments
12268 Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song Comments and analysis of Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker 231 Comments
12054 Epitaph Comments and analysis of Epitaph by Dorothy Parker 222 Comments
11918 Rhyme Against Living Comments and analysis of Rhyme Against Living by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
11764 Sweet Violets Comments and analysis of Sweet Violets by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
11742 A Very Short Song Comments and analysis of A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker 306 Comments
11623 The Dark Girl's Rhyme Comments and analysis of The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker 46 Comments
11580 The Satin Dress Comments and analysis of The Satin Dress by Dorothy Parker 48 Comments
11480 The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk
11447 Indian Summer Comments and analysis of Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker 47 Comments
11434 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by Dorothy Parker 49 Comments
11344 A Dream Lies Dead
11099 The Sea Comments and analysis of The Sea by Dorothy Parker 31 Comments
10972 The Apple Tree
10910 The Red Dress Comments and analysis of The Red Dress by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
9884 Summary Comments and analysis of Summary by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
9531 Of a Woman, Dead Young
9433 Rainy Night Comments and analysis of Rainy Night by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
9340 Guinevere at Her Fireside Comments and analysis of Guinevere at Her Fireside by Dorothy Parker 214 Comments
9323 Faute de Mieux Comments and analysis of Faute de Mieux by Dorothy Parker 32 Comments
9203 Sonnet on an Alpine Night Comments and analysis of Sonnet on an Alpine Night by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8995 Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals Comments and analysis of Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
8968 Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom Comments and analysis of Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
8966 Ornithology for Beginners Comments and analysis of Ornithology for Beginners by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
8951 From a Letter from Lesbia
8525 Somebody's Song Comments and analysis of Somebody's Song by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
8460 The Small Hours Comments and analysis of The Small Hours by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
8194 Sonnet for the End of a Sequence Comments and analysis of Sonnet for the End of a Sequence by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
8037 August Comments and analysis of August by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
8026 Post-Graduate Comments and analysis of Post-Graduate by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7994 But Not Forgotten Comments and analysis of But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
7993 The New Love Comments and analysis of The New Love by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7895 For a Sad Lady
7801 The Willow
7752 Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday Comments and analysis of Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7703 Ballade of a Talked-off Ear
7545 Epitaph for a Darling Lady
7398 On Cheating the Fiddler Comments and analysis of On Cheating the Fiddler by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
7300 Garden-Spot
7292 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
7170 Ballade at Thirty-Five Comments and analysis of Ballade at Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker 33 Comments
7170 De Profundis Comments and analysis of De Profundis by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
7046 Observation Comments and analysis of Observation by Dorothy Parker 440 Comments
6971 Song of Perfect Propriety
6903 Bric-a-Brac Comments and analysis of Bric-a-Brac by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
6788 Paths Comments and analysis of Paths by Dorothy Parker 206 Comments
6743 The Maid-Servant at the Inn Comments and analysis of The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
6697 Afternoon Comments and analysis of Afternoon by Dorothy Parker 25 Comments
6619 News Item Comments and analysis of News Item by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
6617 Interview Comments and analysis of Interview by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
6475 Godspeed Comments and analysis of Godspeed by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6443 Incurable Comments and analysis of Incurable by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
6420 The White Lady
6254 Anecdote Comments and analysis of Anecdote by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
6247 Healed Comments and analysis of Healed by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
6213 Portrait of the Artist Comments and analysis of Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6130 Two-Volume Novel Comments and analysis of Two-Volume Novel by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
6126 Alfred, Lord Tennyson Comments and analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
6102 Theory
6087 They Part Comments and analysis of They Part by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
6068 The Leal Comments and analysis of The Leal by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
6052 Fable
6046 Neither Bloody nor Bowed Comments and analysis of Neither Bloody nor Bowed by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
6039 Requiescat Comments and analysis of Requiescat by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
5939 Temps Perdu Comments and analysis of Temps Perdu by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5840 Plea
5827 Convalescent Comments and analysis of Convalescent by Dorothy Parker 18 Comments
5818 Liebestod
5728 Wail
5712 Victoria Comments and analysis of Victoria by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5638 Walter Savage Landor Comments and analysis of Walter Savage Landor by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5549 The Searched Soul Comments and analysis of The Searched Soul by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5499 Story
5478 The Dramatists
5476 For a Lady Who Must Write Verse
5419 Testament
5325 Recurrence
5246 The Homebody Comments and analysis of The Homebody by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
5114 Pattern
5072 The Thin Edge
5016 The Immortals
4972 George Sand
4850 Pour Prendre Conge
4774 Thomas Carlyle
4706 Harriet Beecher Stowe
4491 To Newcastle
4384 Story of Mrs. W-
2965 General Review of the Sex Situation Comments and analysis of General Review of the Sex Situation by Dorothy Parker 708 Comments
2053 Verse for a Certain Dog Comments and analysis of Verse for a Certain Dog by Dorothy Parker 43 Comments
1941 Prayer for a Prayer Comments and analysis of Prayer for a Prayer by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
1912 Daylight Saving Comments and analysis of Daylight Saving by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
1839 Frustration Comments and analysis of Frustration by Dorothy Parker 250 Comments
1645 I Know I Have Been Happiest Comments and analysis of I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
1638 Lullaby Comments and analysis of Lullaby by Dorothy Parker 53 Comments
1560 Coda Comments and analysis of Coda by Dorothy Parker 243 Comments
1523 Hearthside
1519 Distance Comments and analysis of Distance by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
1454 The Evening Primrose Comments and analysis of The Evening Primrose by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
1444 Dilemma Comments and analysis of Dilemma by Dorothy Parker 269 Comments
1421 Transition
1382 Comment Comments and analysis of Comment by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
1319 Thought for a Sunshiny Morning
1315 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Dorothy Parker 262 Comments
1294 I Shall Come Back Comments and analysis of I Shall Come Back by Dorothy Parker 218 Comments
1251 For an Unknown Lady
1211 Social Note
1140 Fair Weather
1137 Partial Comfort Comments and analysis of Partial Comfort by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
1133 The Gentlest Lady Comments and analysis of The Gentlest Lady by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
1113 Reuben's Children Comments and analysis of Reuben's Children by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
1079 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Dorothy Parker 250 Comments
1071 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
1044 Vers Demode
992 Second Love
976 The Burned Child
975 The Trifler Comments and analysis of The Trifler by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
964 The Lady's Reward Comments and analysis of The Lady's Reward by Dorothy Parker 58 Comments
960 Words of Comfort to Be Scratched on a Mirror
959 The Veteran Comments and analysis of The Veteran by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
948 There Was One Comments and analysis of There Was One by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
944 A Well-Worn Story
939 Ultimatum Comments and analysis of Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
936 Wisdom Comments and analysis of Wisdom by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
935 Parable for a Certain Virgin Comments and analysis of Parable for a Certain Virgin by Dorothy Parker 31 Comments
932 After Spanish Proverb Comments and analysis of After Spanish Proverb by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
913 A Fairly Sad Tale
905 Superfluous Advice Comments and analysis of Superfluous Advice by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
850 On Being a Woman Comments and analysis of On Being a Woman by Dorothy Parker 33 Comments
800 Solace Comments and analysis of Solace by Dorothy Parker 39 Comments
735 Salome's Dancing-Lesson
719 Renunciation
652 Iseult of Brittany
651 Nocturne
643 Inventory Comments and analysis of Inventory by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
598 Cherry White Comments and analysis of Cherry White by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
597 Braggart
592 George Gissing Comments and analysis of George Gissing by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
568 Alexandre Dumas and His Son Comments and analysis of Alexandre Dumas and His Son by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
558 Interior Comments and analysis of Interior by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
460 Light of Love Comments and analysis of Light of Love by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
435 One Perfect Rose Comments and analysis of One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker 338 Comments
430 The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse Comments and analysis of The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse by Dorothy Parker 41 Comments
416 Sight
407 Oscar Wilde Comments and analysis of Oscar Wilde by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
360 Resume Comments and analysis of Resume by Dorothy Parker 320 Comments
346 Roundel
345 Charles Dickens Comments and analysis of Charles Dickens by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
336 Landscape Comments and analysis of Landscape by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
333 Mortal Enemy Comments and analysis of Mortal Enemy by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
326 D. G. Rossetti
292 The Second Oldest Story
283 Fulfillment
272 Experience Comments and analysis of Experience by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
261 To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady Comments and analysis of To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
248 Symptom Recital Comments and analysis of Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
240 Now at Liberty Comments and analysis of Now at Liberty by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
237 Prisoner
233 A Portrait
228 Condolence Comments and analysis of Condolence by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
225 The Flaw in Paganism Comments and analysis of The Flaw in Paganism by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
222 Prayer for a New Mother Comments and analysis of Prayer for a New Mother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
218 A Certain Lady
216 Autobiography
216 Song of One of the Girls
210 Bohemia
202 Midnight Comments and analysis of Midnight by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
171 The Whistling Girl Comments and analysis of The Whistling Girl by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
170 The Trusting Heart Comments and analysis of The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
146 Rondeau Redouble Comments and analysis of Rondeau Redouble by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
133 Tombstones in the Starlight Comments and analysis of Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
125 Ballade of a Great Weariness
109 Chant for Dark Hours Comments and analysis of Chant for Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
104 Prologue to a Saga
101 A Pig's-Eye View of Literature
90 Lines on Reading Too Many Poets Comments and analysis of Lines on Reading Too Many Poets by Dorothy Parker 24 Comments
80 The Last Question Comments and analysis of The Last Question by Dorothy Parker 242 Comments
68 Pictures in the Smoke
37 Prophetic Soul


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