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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker


Dorothy Parkers Life was very interesting. Quite amazing and happy and sad.

About Dorothy Parker


Information about Dorothy Parker Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output. Best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles. Her career took off while she was writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair. In the 1920s alone she published some 300 poems and free verses in Vanity Fair, Vogue, "The Conning Tower" and The New Yorker as well as Life, McCall's and The New Republic! Considered to be an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist.


Dorothy Parker Poem
'It costs me never a stab nor squirm
To tread by chance upon a worm.
'Aha, my little dear,' I say,
'Your clan will pay me back one day.'
Poem by Dorothy Parker


The Ballad of Dorothy Parker

The ballad of Dorothy Parker seems like that of a Halloween horror film. Imagine being blacklisted at that time. Being put into a the Hollywood blacklist by the House Un-American Activities Committee. In 1947 to block screenwriters and other Hollywood professionals who were purported to have Communist sympathies from obtaining employment. It started by listing 151 entertainment industry professionals and lasted until 1960 when it was effectively broken by the acknowledgement that blacklisted professionals had been working under assumed names for many years.


Dorothy Parker was placed on the Hollywood blacklist! The FBI compiled a 1,000-page dossier on her because of her suspected involvement in Communism during the McCarthy era.


Parker published her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope, in 1926. The collection sold 47,000 copies. Garnered impressive reviews. The Nation described her verse as caked with a salty humor, rough with splinters of disillusion, and tarred with a bright black authenticity.


Parker’s first collection of poetry, Enough Rope, was published in 1926.


United States Postal Service issued a 29˘ U.S. commemorative postage stamp in the Literary Arts series.


Watch the Dorothy Parker Story
This is excellent!

Terrie Frankel Presents Dorothy Parker's Room Enough For Two


Designated in 1987 As A New York City Historic Landmark. The Algonquin Round Table set the standard for literary style and wit beyond its ten-year duration.

In 1918 Dorothy Parker would lunch at the Algonquin Hotel on a near-daily basis and became a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table.
Video Algonquin Hotel New York


A musical tribute to the founding members of the famed 1920's group of people who would meet at the Algonquin Hotel and frequently be quoted in the media. This song is featured in "Room Enough For Two - The Life of Dorothy Parker", the Musical Play written and performed by Terrie Frankel at the Groundlings Theater in Hollywood. Music and Lyrics by Terrie Frankel ©2012, the play explores the life and loves of Dorothy Parker, the pre-eminent female humorist of the 20th Century. The musical covers Dorothy Parker's fascinating life from her days as a film critic for Vanity Fair Magazine in New York when she founded the Algonquin Round Table, to being nominated for an Oscar in Hollywood for the screenplay 'A Star Is Born', to being blacklisted during the McCarthy hearings, to returning to New York with friend Lillian Hellman.


Dorothy Parkers birthplace was designated a National Literary Landmark by Friends of Libraries USA in 2005.


Poem by Dorothy Parker A Certain Lady

Oh, I can smile for you, and tilt my head,
And drink your rushing words with eager lips,
And paint my mouth for you a fragrant red,
And trace your brows with tutored finger-tips.
When you rehearse your list of loves to me,
Oh, I can laugh and marvel, rapturous-eyed.
And you laugh back, nor can you ever see
The thousand little deaths my heart has died.
And you believe, so well I know my part,
That I am gay as morning, light as snow,
And all the straining things within my heart
You'll never know.

Oh, I can laugh and listen, when we meet,
And you bring tales of fresh adventurings, --
Of ladies delicately indiscreet,
Of lingering hands, and gently whispered things.
And you are pleased with me, and strive anew
To sing me sagas of your late delights.
Thus do you want me -- marveling, gay, and true,
Nor do you see my staring eyes of nights.
And when, in search of novelty, you stray,
Oh, I can kiss you blithely as you go ....
And what goes on, my love, while you're away,
You'll never know.
Poem by Dorothy Parker


Dorothy Parker then And Now

In 2014, Dorothy Parker was elected to the New Jersey Hall of Fame! ***** WTG New Jersey Hall Of Fame Class-of-2014-Announced





In 1988, the NAACP claimed Parker's remains and designed a memorial garden for them outside their Baltimore headquarters. The plaque reads,


Here lie the ashes of Dorothy Parker (1893–1967) humorist, writer, critic. Defender of human and civil rights. For her epitaph she suggested, 'Excuse my dust'. This memorial garden is dedicated to her noble spirit which celebrated the oneness of humankind and to the bonds of everlasting friendship between black and Jewish people. Dedicated by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. October 28, 1988


Listen to Dorothy Parker Read her Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom.

Daily dawns another day;
I must up, to make my way.
Though I dress and drink and eat,
Move my fingers and my feet,
Learn a little, here and there,
Weep and laugh and sweat and swear,
Hear a song, or watch a stage,
Leave some words upon a page,
Claim a foe, or hail a friend-
Bed awaits me at the end.

Though I go in pride and strength,
I'll come back to bed at length.
Though I walk in blinded woe,
Back to bed I'm bound to go.
High my heart, or bowed my head,
All my days but lead to bed.
Up, and out, and on; and then
Ever back to bed again,
Summer, Winter, Spring, and Fall-
I'm a fool to rise at all!


Listen to Dorothy Parker read from the book One Perfect Rose in this video movie. One Perfect Rose


Below, the words to One Perfect Rose

Dorothy Parker reading her much loved and witty little poem One Perfect Rose above. First published in 1926.
One Perfect Rose: Dorothy Parker
A single flow’r he sent me, since we met.
All tenderly his messenger he chose;
Deep-hearted, pure, with scented dew still wet –
One perfect rose.
I knew the language of the floweret;
‘My fragile leaves,’ it said, ‘his heart enclose.’
Love long has taken for his amulet
One perfect rose.
Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it’s always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.


She died alone at the Hotel Volney in New York City. Dorothy Parker died on June7, 1967, at the age of 73.


Since we do here sometime feel the presence of others. And some say they fell mysterious hauntings. While makeing this page I have felt the presence of Dorothy Parker on Halloween and it felt as if she feels comfortable here. I don't know how to explain it but I think this page is cool with her. They say you might also run into Schody here. Somewhere. To explain Shody there is a post Schody.


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