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Dorothy Parker
Based on a handout from Mrs Kim's class
  • Born in 1893 in New Jersey
  • Depressing childhood; her father, mother and brother had all died by age 20.
  • In 1915, her poem "Any Porch" was published by Vanity Fair
  • She obtained a job at Vanity Fair as a theater critic, but was fired in 1920
  • She married a stockbroker in 1917, but they divorced by 1928.
  • In 1919, she began to dine with a group of intellectuals known as the Algonquin Round Table, a group of witty cynics who continued to meet for another two decades.
  • Throughout the 1920's, she worked as a screenwriter, critic, and poet.
  • In the late 1920's and early 1930's, she published two books of poetry, as well as several short stories.
  • In the mid-1930's, she married Alan Campbell, a screenwriter. They divorced in 1949, and remarried in 1962.
  • Campbell and she became screenwriting partners and moved to Hollywood in 1935. They won an Academy Award together for writing A Star is Born in 1937.
  • In the 1950's, during the McCarthy witch-hunt, she was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee. She refused to cooperate and was blacklisted, bringing her career in Hollywood to an end.
  • At this point, she reverted to poetry, short stories, and book reviews.
  • She died in 1967 of a heart attack.
Source: www.biography.com

A sample of Dorothy Parker's Poetry.