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Parker, Dorothy

(Dorothy Rothschild Parker), 1893–1967, American short-story and verse writer, b. West End, N.J. While serving as drama critic for Vanity Fair (1916–17) and book critic for the New Yorker (1927), she gained an almost legendary reputation for her sardonic wit. Her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope (1926), brought her fame, and she followed it with such volumes as Death and Taxes (1931) and Not So Deep as a Well (1936). Although decidedly light and often flippant, Parker's satiric verse is carefully crafted and stunningly concise. Her short stories satirizing aspects of modern life are witty, wry, and often poignant. "Big Blond" is probably her best-known story. Collections of stories include Laments for the Living (1930) and Here Lies (1939). Her Collected Stories was published in 1942 and her Collected Poetry in 1944. She collaborated with Arnaud d'Usseau on the play Ladies of the Corridor (1953).


See biographies by J. Keats (1970) and M. Meade (1987); study by A. F. Kinney (1978).

Parker, Dorothy


(pen name of Dorothy Rothschild). Born Aug. 22, 1893, in West End, N.J.; died June 7, 1967, in New York. American writer.

Parker presented a satiric portrait of bourgeois mores in her poetry (the collections Enough Rope, 1926, and Sunset Gun, 1928), as well as in her short stories (for example, the collections Laments for the Living, 1930, and After Such Pleasures, 1933). These works are permeated with contempt for the hypocrisy, banality, egoism, and mercenary quality of the bourgeois milieu. In the 1920’s and 1930’s, Parker took part in the progressive movement of American intellectuals; during the McCarthy period, she was persecuted.


Constant Reader. New York, 1970.
The Collected Dorothy Parker. London, 1973.
In Russian translation:
Novelly. Moscow, 1959.


Keats, J. You Might As Well Live. … New York, 1970.

Parker, Dorothy (b. Rothschild)

(1893–1967) poet, writer; born in West End, N.J. She attended Catholic and private schools, then became an editor and writer for several periodicals in New York City, notably the New Yorker (1925–57). She was a member of the famous Algonquin Hotel Round Table luncheon group (1920s), and was known for her caustic wit. She moved to Hollywood, Calif., in the 1930s, wrote stage and screen plays, fiction, and poetry, and later returned to New York.
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