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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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24756 Resume Comments and analysis of Resume by Dorothy Parker 315 Comments
18227 Unfortunate Coincidence Comments and analysis of Unfortunate Coincidence by Dorothy Parker 55 Comments
17299 "Star Light, Star Bright-" Comments and analysis of 54 Comments
16095 My Own Comments and analysis of My Own by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
15948 The False Friends Comments and analysis of The False Friends by Dorothy Parker 82 Comments
15900 Godmother Comments and analysis of Godmother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
15666 Little Words Comments and analysis of Little Words by Dorothy Parker 10 Comments
15209 The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse Comments and analysis of The Danger of Writing Defiant Verse by Dorothy Parker 34 Comments
13364 For a Favorite Granddaughter
12776 Fighting Words
12638 Penelope Comments and analysis of Penelope by Dorothy Parker 263 Comments
11879 Sanctuary Comments and analysis of Sanctuary by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
11820 The Choice Comments and analysis of The Choice by Dorothy Parker 51 Comments
11689 Autumn Valentine Comments and analysis of Autumn Valentine by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
11545 Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song Comments and analysis of Purposely Ungrammatical Love Song by Dorothy Parker 228 Comments
11534 Epitaph Comments and analysis of Epitaph by Dorothy Parker 221 Comments
11398 Rhyme Against Living Comments and analysis of Rhyme Against Living by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
11290 Sweet Violets Comments and analysis of Sweet Violets by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
11065 A Very Short Song Comments and analysis of A Very Short Song by Dorothy Parker 300 Comments
11050 The Dark Girl's Rhyme Comments and analysis of The Dark Girl's Rhyme by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
10921 The Little Old Lady in Lavender Silk
10802 Love Song Comments and analysis of Love Song by Dorothy Parker 48 Comments
10742 The Satin Dress Comments and analysis of The Satin Dress by Dorothy Parker 44 Comments
10695 Indian Summer Comments and analysis of Indian Summer by Dorothy Parker 45 Comments
10653 A Dream Lies Dead
10562 The Sea Comments and analysis of The Sea by Dorothy Parker 28 Comments
10501 The Apple Tree
10447 The Red Dress Comments and analysis of The Red Dress by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
10252 Midnight Comments and analysis of Midnight by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
9975 Lines on Reading Too Many Poets Comments and analysis of Lines on Reading Too Many Poets by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
9958 The Trusting Heart Comments and analysis of The Trusting Heart by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
9604 A Certain Lady
9104 Summary Comments and analysis of Summary by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
9085 Of a Woman, Dead Young
8994 Symptom Recital Comments and analysis of Symptom Recital by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8900 Rainy Night Comments and analysis of Rainy Night by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
8811 Faute de Mieux Comments and analysis of Faute de Mieux by Dorothy Parker 30 Comments
8755 The Last Question Comments and analysis of The Last Question by Dorothy Parker 238 Comments
8754 Sonnet on an Alpine Night Comments and analysis of Sonnet on an Alpine Night by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
8490 From a Letter from Lesbia
8473 Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals Comments and analysis of Ballade of Unfortunate Mammals by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
8471 Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom Comments and analysis of Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom by Dorothy Parker 40 Comments
8317 Guinevere at Her Fireside Comments and analysis of Guinevere at Her Fireside by Dorothy Parker 211 Comments
8160 Ornithology for Beginners Comments and analysis of Ornithology for Beginners by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
7816 Somebody's Song Comments and analysis of Somebody's Song by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
7763 Prisoner
7746 The Small Hours Comments and analysis of The Small Hours by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
7621 Post-Graduate Comments and analysis of Post-Graduate by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
7540 Sonnet for the End of a Sequence Comments and analysis of Sonnet for the End of a Sequence by Dorothy Parker 6 Comments
7523 But Not Forgotten Comments and analysis of But Not Forgotten by Dorothy Parker 12 Comments
7476 The New Love Comments and analysis of The New Love by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
7445 August Comments and analysis of August by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
7382 For a Sad Lady
7218 The Willow
7095 Ballade of a Talked-off Ear
7075 Epitaph for a Darling Lady
7005 Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday Comments and analysis of Ninon de Lenclos, on Her Last Birthday by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
6901 Philosophy Comments and analysis of Philosophy by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
6841 Garden-Spot
6680 On Cheating the Fiddler Comments and analysis of On Cheating the Fiddler by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
6637 Autobiography
6593 De Profundis Comments and analysis of De Profundis by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
6571 Ballade at Thirty-Five Comments and analysis of Ballade at Thirty-Five by Dorothy Parker 31 Comments
6569 Chant for Dark Hours Comments and analysis of Chant for Dark Hours by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6444 Observation Comments and analysis of Observation by Dorothy Parker 439 Comments
6427 A Portrait
6377 Bric-a-Brac Comments and analysis of Bric-a-Brac by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
6312 Paths Comments and analysis of Paths by Dorothy Parker 203 Comments
6295 Song of Perfect Propriety
6280 Oscar Wilde Comments and analysis of Oscar Wilde by Dorothy Parker 3 Comments
6273 Experience Comments and analysis of Experience by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
6080 The Maid-Servant at the Inn Comments and analysis of The Maid-Servant at the Inn by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
6078 Fulfillment
6057 Godspeed Comments and analysis of Godspeed by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
6036 Ballade of a Great Weariness
6023 Afternoon Comments and analysis of Afternoon by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
6007 Interview Comments and analysis of Interview by Dorothy Parker 18 Comments
5956 News Item Comments and analysis of News Item by Dorothy Parker 19 Comments
5908 Incurable Comments and analysis of Incurable by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5857 The White Lady
5797 Portrait of the Artist Comments and analysis of Portrait of the Artist by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5772 Anecdote Comments and analysis of Anecdote by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
5765 Healed Comments and analysis of Healed by Dorothy Parker 21 Comments
5708 Alfred, Lord Tennyson Comments and analysis of Alfred, Lord Tennyson by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
5707 Now at Liberty Comments and analysis of Now at Liberty by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
5684 Theory
5679 The Leal Comments and analysis of The Leal by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5674 They Part Comments and analysis of They Part by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5663 Landscape Comments and analysis of Landscape by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5638 Neither Bloody nor Bowed Comments and analysis of Neither Bloody nor Bowed by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
5595 Two-Volume Novel Comments and analysis of Two-Volume Novel by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
5516 Temps Perdu Comments and analysis of Temps Perdu by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5395 Plea
5379 Requiescat Comments and analysis of Requiescat by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
5311 Liebestod
5306 Wail
5276 Fable
5221 Walter Savage Landor Comments and analysis of Walter Savage Landor by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
5194 Convalescent Comments and analysis of Convalescent by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
5134 The Searched Soul Comments and analysis of The Searched Soul by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5105 Pictures in the Smoke
5049 Victoria Comments and analysis of Victoria by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
5024 Story
5005 For a Lady Who Must Write Verse
4997 Rondeau Redouble Comments and analysis of Rondeau Redouble by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
4981 The Second Oldest Story
4955 Testament
4924 Recurrence
4753 The Dramatists
4719 Prologue to a Saga
4715 The Homebody Comments and analysis of The Homebody by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
4679 D. G. Rossetti
4658 The Thin Edge
4642 Roundel
4599 Pattern
4580 The Immortals
4513 George Sand
4443 Pour Prendre Conge
4281 Harriet Beecher Stowe
4279 Alexandre Dumas and His Son Comments and analysis of Alexandre Dumas and His Son by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
4201 Thomas Carlyle
4075 To Newcastle
3950 Story of Mrs. W-
2006 General Review of the Sex Situation Comments and analysis of General Review of the Sex Situation by Dorothy Parker 703 Comments
1352 Prayer for a Prayer Comments and analysis of Prayer for a Prayer by Dorothy Parker 38 Comments
1073 Frustration Comments and analysis of Frustration by Dorothy Parker 246 Comments
989 Distance Comments and analysis of Distance by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
980 Verse for a Certain Dog Comments and analysis of Verse for a Certain Dog by Dorothy Parker 41 Comments
952 The Evening Primrose Comments and analysis of The Evening Primrose by Dorothy Parker 2 Comments
950 Lullaby Comments and analysis of Lullaby by Dorothy Parker 43 Comments
949 Prayer for a New Mother Comments and analysis of Prayer for a New Mother by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
904 Coda Comments and analysis of Coda by Dorothy Parker 235 Comments
883 Comment Comments and analysis of Comment by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
879 Dilemma Comments and analysis of Dilemma by Dorothy Parker 254 Comments
846 Thought for a Sunshiny Morning
806 Social Note
794 Transition
761 Hearthside
680 Surprise Comments and analysis of Surprise by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
666 The Gentlest Lady Comments and analysis of The Gentlest Lady by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
650 I Know I Have Been Happiest Comments and analysis of I Know I Have Been Happiest by Dorothy Parker 22 Comments
647 For an Unknown Lady
636 Vers Demode
626 Reuben's Children Comments and analysis of Reuben's Children by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
625 I Shall Come Back Comments and analysis of I Shall Come Back by Dorothy Parker 214 Comments
620 Wisdom Comments and analysis of Wisdom by Dorothy Parker 4 Comments
588 Daylight Saving Comments and analysis of Daylight Saving by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
564 Men Comments and analysis of Men by Dorothy Parker 243 Comments
560 The Flaw in Paganism Comments and analysis of The Flaw in Paganism by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
539 The Burned Child
535 There Was One Comments and analysis of There Was One by Dorothy Parker 11 Comments
524 Fair Weather
524 Words of Comfort to Be Scratched on a Mirror
509 Threnody Comments and analysis of Threnody by Dorothy Parker 258 Comments
500 The Trifler Comments and analysis of The Trifler by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
493 Ultimatum Comments and analysis of Ultimatum by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
430 Second Love
414 The Veteran Comments and analysis of The Veteran by Dorothy Parker 5 Comments
391 A Well-Worn Story
389 Song of One of the Girls
389 To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady Comments and analysis of To a Much Too Unfortunate Lady by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
383 Partial Comfort Comments and analysis of Partial Comfort by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
374 Superfluous Advice Comments and analysis of Superfluous Advice by Dorothy Parker 7 Comments
373 Condolence Comments and analysis of Condolence by Dorothy Parker 20 Comments
358 Tombstones in the Starlight Comments and analysis of Tombstones in the Starlight by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
356 A Fairly Sad Tale
350 After Spanish Proverb Comments and analysis of After Spanish Proverb by Dorothy Parker 14 Comments
305 Salome's Dancing-Lesson
302 Renunciation
302 The Lady's Reward Comments and analysis of The Lady's Reward by Dorothy Parker 49 Comments
293 Parable for a Certain Virgin Comments and analysis of Parable for a Certain Virgin by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
293 Sight
269 A Pig's-Eye View of Literature
261 Bohemia
259 Nocturne
246 Iseult of Brittany
225 One Perfect Rose Comments and analysis of One Perfect Rose by Dorothy Parker 335 Comments
213 Solace Comments and analysis of Solace by Dorothy Parker 29 Comments
207 Prophetic Soul
193 Mortal Enemy Comments and analysis of Mortal Enemy by Dorothy Parker 17 Comments
188 Charles Dickens Comments and analysis of Charles Dickens by Dorothy Parker 15 Comments
175 On Being a Woman Comments and analysis of On Being a Woman by Dorothy Parker 33 Comments
158 Inventory Comments and analysis of Inventory by Dorothy Parker 16 Comments
134 George Gissing Comments and analysis of George Gissing by Dorothy Parker 8 Comments
121 Light of Love Comments and analysis of Light of Love by Dorothy Parker 26 Comments
113 Cherry White Comments and analysis of Cherry White by Dorothy Parker 9 Comments
90 Interior Comments and analysis of Interior by Dorothy Parker 13 Comments
50 The Whistling Girl Comments and analysis of The Whistling Girl by Dorothy Parker 1 Comment
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