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Dorothy ParkerDate Published February 10, 2015 Last Modified October 15, 2019
Dorothy Parkers's LifeDorothy Parkers Life was very interesting. Quite amazing and happy and sad. And is expecally important to today to remember because she was placed on Hollywood blacklist. Now, I had never actually witnessed these kinds of things untill recently when it became more popular to condem people by public opion. Her life shows us that we should look more closely before judging and hurting or banishing people.
About Dorothy ParkerParker was born Dorothy Rothschild on Aug. 22, 1893. Born at her familys beach cottage around sixty miles south of New York City in the beautiful city of Long Branch in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. Her father was J. Henry Rothschild. And her mother was Eliza Annie Rothschild.
Parker was her married name. Dot or Dottie had a hatred of racism. Dorothy left her entire estate to Martin Luther King and in the event of his death, the rights were to be transferred to the NAACP. She was also a great defender of and advocate for a just society. Dorothy 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 Parkers aunt once remarked how fortunate it was that there had been a blizzard so men had work shoveling snow. "I knew then it was not so nice that men could work for their lives only in desperate weather, that there was no work for them when it was fair."
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 ParkerThe 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 attempted suicide three different times.
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.
Parkers first collection of poetry was Enough Rope published in 1926.
United States Postal Service issued a 29 cent 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.
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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 br> 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.
By Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker Then And NowPoem 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
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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Just A Little One Dorothy ParkerAmerican writer. Short Stories o Dorothy Parker, Quote Dorothy Parker
I like this place, Fred. This is a nice place. How did you ever find it? I think you’re perfectly marvellous, discovering a speakeasy up here in the Forties. And they let you right in, without asking you a single question. I bet you could get into the subway without using anybody’s name. Couldn’t you, Fred?
Oh, I like this place better and better, now that my eyes are getting accustomed to it. You mustn’t let them tell you this lighting system is original with them, Fred; they got the idea from the Mammoth Cave. This is you sitting next to me, isn’t it? Oh, you can’t fool me. I’d know that voice anywhere.
You know what I like about this place? It’s got atmosphere. That’s what it’s got. If you would ask the waiter to bring a fairly sharp knife, I could cut off a nice little block of the atmosphere, to take home with me. It would be interesting to have for my memory book. I’m going to start keeping a memory book tomorrow. Don’t let me forget.
Why, I don’t know, Fred—what are you going to have? Then I guess I’ll have a highball, too; please, just a little one. Is it really real Scotch? Well, that will be a new experience for me. You ought to see the Scotch I’ve got home in my cupboard; at least it was in the cupboard this morning—it’s probably eaten its way out by now. I got it for my birthday. The only other thing I got was a year older.
The person that gave me that Scotch must have heard some rumor that I was making a collection of lethal weapons. Would you care anything about hearing me use "lethal"e; in a sentence? Lethal little guy alone, you big bully. You don’t likeit, Fred? I don’t know—I’m rather fond of that one. It’s got action, and at the same time the sentiment is nice. All right, Fred, it’s rotten. I wouldn’t argue with you for the world.
This is a nice highball, isn’t it? Well, well, well, to think of me having real Scotch; I’m out of the bush leagues at last. Are you really going to have another one? Well, I shouldn’t like to see you drinking all by yourself, Fred. Solitary drinking is what causes half the crime in the country. That’s what’s responsible for the failure of prohibition. But please, Fred, tell him to make mine just a little one. Make it awfully weak; just cambric Scotch.
It will be nice to see the effect of veritable whiskey upon one who has been accustomed only to the simpler forms of entertainment. You’ll like that, Fred. You’ll stay by me ifanything happens, won’t you? I don’t think there will be anything spectacular, but I want to ask you one thing, just in case. Don’t let me take any horses home with me. It doesn’t matter so much about stray dogs and kittens, but elevator boys get awfully stuffy when you try to bring in a horse. You might just as well know that about me now, Fred. You can always tell that the crash is coming when I start getting tender about Our Dumb Friends. Three highballs, and I think I’m St. Francis of Assisi.
But I don’t believe anything is going to happen to me on these. That’s because they’re made of real stuff. That’s what the difference is. This just makes you feel fine. Oh, I feel swell, Fred. You do too, don’t you? I knew you did, because you look so well. I never saw you look better. I love that tie you have on. Oh, did Edith give it to you? Ah, wasn’t that nice of her? You know, Fred, most people are really awfully nice. There are darn few that aren’t pretty fine at heart. You’ve got a peach of a heart, Fred. You’d be the first person I’d go to if I were in trouble. I guess you are just about the best friend I’ve got in the world. But I worry about you, Fred. I do so, too. I don’t think you take enough care of yourself. You ought to take care of yourself for your friends’ sake. You oughtn’t to drink all this terrible stuff that’s around; you owe it to your friends to be careful. You don’t mind my talking to you like this, do you? You see, dear, it’s because I’m your friend that I hate to see you not taking care of yourself. It hurts me to see you batting around the way you’ve been doing. You ought to stick to this place, where they have real Scotch that can’t do you any harm. Oh, darling, do you really think I ought to? Well, you tell him just a little bit of a one. Tell him, sweet.
Do you come here often, Fred? I shouldn’t worry about you so much if I knew you were in a safe place like this. Oh, is this where you were Thursday night? I see. Why, no, it didn’t make a bit of difference, only you told me to call you up, and like a fool I broke a date I had to go to the theatre with a terribly attractive man because I thought I was going to see you. I just sort of naturally thought so, when you said to call you up. Oh, good Lord, don’t make all that fuss about it. It really didn’t make the slightest difference. It just didn’t seem a very friendly way to behave, that’s all. I don’t know—I’d been believing we were such good friends. I’m an awful idiot about people, Fred. There aren’t many who are really your friend at heart. Practically anybody would play you dirt for a nickel. Oh, yes, they would.
Was Edith here with you, Thursday night? This place must be very becoming to her. Next to being in a coal mine, I can’t think of anywhere she could go that the light would be more flattering to that pan of hers. Do you really know a lot of people that say she’s good-looking? You must have a wide acquaintance among the astigmatic, haven’t you, Freddie, dear? Why, I’m not being any way at all—it’s simply one of those things, either you can see it or you can’t. Now to me, Edith looks like something that would eat her young. Dresses well? Edith dresses well? Are you trying to kid me, Fred, at my age? You mean you mean it? Oh, my God. You mean those clothes of hers are intentional? My heavens, I always thought she was on her way out of a burning building.
Well, we live and learn. Edith dresses well! Edith’s got good taste! Yeah, she’s got sweet taste in neckties. I don’t suppose I ought to say it about such a dear friend of yours, Fred, but she is the lousiest necktie-picker-out I ever saw. I never saw anything could touch that thing you have around your neck. All right, suppose I did say I liked it. I just said that because I felt sorry for you. I’d feel sorry for anybody with a thing like that on. I just wanted to try to make you feel good, because I thought you were my friend. My friend! I haven’t got a friend in the world. Do you know that, Fred? Not one single friend in this world.
All right, what do you care if I’m crying? I can cry if I want to, can’t I? I guess you’d cry, too, if you didn’t have a friend in the world. Is my face very bad? I suppose that damned mascaro has run all over it. I’ve got to give up using mascaro, Fred; life’s too sad. Isn’t life terrible? Oh, my God, isn’t life awful? Ah, don’t cry, Fred. Please don’t. Don’t you care, baby. Life’s terrible, but don’t you care. You’ve got friends. I’m the one that hasn’t got any friends. I am so. No, it’s me. I’m the one.
I don’t think another drink would make me feel any better. I don’t know whether I want to feel any better. What’s the sense of feeling good, when life’s so terrible? Oh, all right, then. But please tell him just a little one, if it isn’t too much trouble. I don’t want to stay here much longer. I don’t like this place. It’s all dark and stuffy. It’s the kind of place Edith would be crazy about—that’s all I can say about this place. I know I oughtn’t to talk about your best friend, Fred, but that’s a terrible woman. That woman is the louse of this world. It makes me feel just awful that you trust that woman, Fred. I hate to see anybody play you dirt. I’d hate to see you get socked. That’s what makes me feel so terrible. That’s why I’m getting mascaro all over my face. No, please don’t, Fred. You mustn’t hold my hand. It wouldn’t be fair to Edith. We’ve got to play fair with the big louse. After all, she’s your best friend, isn’t she?
Honestly? Do you honestly mean it, Fred? Yes, but how could I help thinking so, when you’re with her all the time—when you bring her here every night in the week? Really, only Thursday? Oh, I know— I know how those things are. You simply can’t help it, when you get stuck with a person that way. Lord, I’m glad you realize what an awful thing that woman is. I was worried about it, Fred. It’s because I’m your friend. Why, of course I am, darling. You know I am. Oh, that’s just silly, Freddie. You’ve got heaps of friends. Only you’ll never find a better friend than I am. No, I know that. I know I’ll never find a better friend than you are to me. Just give me back my hand a second, till I get this damned mascaro out of my eye.
Yes, I think we ought to, honey. I think we ought to have a little drink, on account of our being friends. Just a little one, because it’s real Scotch, and we’re real friends. After all, friends are the greatest things in the world, aren’t they, Fred? Gee, it makes you feel good to know you have a friend. I feel great, don’t you, dear? And you look swell, too. I’m proud to have you for a friend. Do you realize, Fred, what a rare thing a friend is, when you think of all the terrible people there are in this world? Animals are much better than people. God, I love animals. That’s what I like about you, Fred. You’re so fond of animals.
Look, I’ll tell you what let’s do, after we’ve had just a little highball. Let’s go out and pick up a lot of stray dogs. I never had enough dogs in my life, did you? We ought to have more dogs. And maybe there’d be some cats around, if we looked. And a horse. I’ve never had one single horse, Fred. Isn’t that rotten? Not one single horse. Gee, I’d like a nice old cab-horse, Fred. Wouldn’t you? I’d like to take care of it and comb its hair and everything. Ah, don’t be stuffy about it, Fred, please don’t. I need a horse, honestly I do. Wouldn’t you like one? It would be so sweet and kind. Let’s have a drink and then let’s you and I go out and get a horse, Freddie—just a little one, darling, just a little one.
The New Yorker
May 12, 1928
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