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(22 August 1893 - 7 June 1967 / Long Branch / New Jersey)

Dorothy Parker
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Dorothy Parker was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles.

From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist.

Parker went through three marriages (two to the same man) and survived several suicide ... more »

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  • ''Hollywood money isn't money. It's congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''Gratitude—the meanest and most snivelling attribute in the world.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • As artists they're rot, but as providers they're oil wells; they gush. Norris said she never wrote a story unless it was fun to do. I understand Ferber whistles at her typewriter. And there was that p...
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
  • ''All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.''
    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).
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  • R C (2/21/2013 11:05:00 PM)

    My heart soars when I hear dottie [3

  • Pearlsof Poetry (5/19/2012 1:28:00 AM)

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  • Fred Babbin (12/9/2009 1:05:00 PM)

    Dorothy Parker rings my bell - too loud and too clear.

  • p.a. noushad (7/11/2008 4:51:00 AM)

    beautiful is your creation.

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