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Dorothy Parker - Life Stories, Books, and Links
 
Biographical Information

Stories about Dorothy Parker

Selected works by this author

Selected books about / related to this author

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BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION
 
Picture of Dorothy Parker (also Dorothy Rothschild Parker); critic, satirical poet, and short-story writer; twentieth century American Literature and poetry
Dorothy Parker   (1893 - 1967)
 
Category:  American Literature
 
Born:  August 22, 1893
West End, New Jersey, United States
 
Died:  June 7, 1967
New York City, New York, United States
 
Related authors:
A. A. Milne, P. G. Wodehouse
 
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Dorothy Parker - LIFE STORIES
 
 
4/11/1931     Dorothy Parker Closes
On this day in 1931, Dorothy Parker stepped down as drama critic for The New Yorker, so ending the "Reign of Terror" she endured while reviewing plays, and that others endured while being reviewed by her. Parker was a drama critic for only a half-dozen years in a 50-year career, but her Broadway days brought her first fame and occasioned some of her most memorable lines.
8/22/1893     Dorothy Parker's Poetic Sneakers
On this day in 1893 Dorothy Parker was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, to Henry and Eliza Rothschild ("My God, no, dear! We'd never even heard of those Rothschilds"). Her birth was two months premature, allowing her to say that it was the last time she was early for anything; her early writing was a "following in the exquisite footsteps of Edna St. Vincent Millay, unhappily in my own horrible sneakers."
10/20/1928     Pooh Too Hummy
On this day in 1928 Dorothy Parker, under her pen name, Constant Reader, reviewed A. A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner in The New Yorker, with predictable, now-famous, results: ". . . And it is that word 'hummy,' my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
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SELECTED WORKS BY THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Complete Poems
anthology, poetry
 
Complete Stories of Dorothy Parker
anthology, fiction
 
 
FIND BOOKS BY DOROTHY PARKER AT Powell's Books
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SELECTED BOOKS ABOUT (or related to) THIS AUTHOR
 
 
Dorothy Parker, What Fresh Hell Is This?
by Marion Meade
biography
 
Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker
by Stuart Y. Silverstein (Editor)
poetry
 
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Academy of American Poets
Features a biography, bibliography, and recommended links.

"While working for Vanity Fair and Vogue, Parker became a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, an informal gathering of writers who lunched at the Algonquin Hotel. The Round Table included Robert Benchley, Robert Sherwood, James Thurber, George Kaufman, and Ring Lardner, and was known for its scathing wit and intellectual commentary. ... In 1927 she became involved in the Sacco and Vanzetti trial and became a socialist. ... Parker was blacklisted during the 1940s for her support of radical causes and called before the House on Un-American Activities in the 1950s."
Dorothy Parker
Offers an excerpt from Brendan Gill's introduction to the Portable Dorothy Parker, and a large selection of poetry from Enough Rope (1927), Sunset Gun, and Death and Taxes (1931).

"No doubt it will strike the reader as odd, but the twenties in which Mrs. Parker began work were considered an era of extreme and perhaps dangerous permissiveness, especially in regard to the social experiments being carried out by women. Drinking, smoking, sniffing cocaine, bobbing one's hair, dancing the Charleston, necking, getting 'caught,' -- it was hard to imagine that things could go much further before civilization itself broke down. The young women who set the pace were called sophisticated, though few of them were; their shocking motto was 'Anything Goes' and they meant it. New York was their noisy Sodom, and Mrs. Parker's verse gave glimpses or the license to be met with there and its heavy cost in terms of one's emotions...."
-- Brendan Gill
Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Find a biography, chronological timeline of events in the writer's life, notes on her era and influences, and literary analysis of The Big Blonde. A useful resource for students in spite of the poor spelling and grammar.

"The Big Blonde by Dororthy Parker protests against a social system that offers no place for a woman to develop any potential. ... Trapped in the vicious circle of a male dominated culture, one woman serves as a metaphor for the anguish and hopeless plight of women in twentieth century urban America. Themes of escape and a search for peace comprise the central core to the story. ... The author conveys the lack of compassion and empathy in humanity through the secondary characters of the story. The short story starkly portrays the doomed fate of one woman, constrained to her fate since birth."
Modern American Poetry
Find a biography, essays, commentary on Parker's poetry and novels, and critical analysis of "Unfortunate Coincidence," "Resume," and "One Perfect Rose."

"Let's clear up this business about narrow topics: Parker concerns herself primarily with the emotional and intellectual landscape of women, the places where a thin overlay of social soil covers the minefields of very personal disaffection, rejection, betrayal, and loss. She manages throughout it all to make her work funny (and that she is funny is one of the most important things about her) while tilling away at this dangerous garden. ... If Parker's work can be dismissed as narrow and easy, then so can the work of Austen, Eliot, and Woolf. Now that it's mentioned, their writing was also dismissed as small prose-potatoes for quite some time."
-- Regina Barreca
Salon.com
Features an audio recording of "Arrangement In Black And White" read by Tyne Daily.
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