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Selected Poetry of Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Roumania.
        (Comment, 1-4)
  1. Ballade at Thirty-five
  2. A Certain Lady
  3. Comment
  4. Epitaph for a Darling Lady
  5. Finis
  6. Interview
  7. Love Song
  8. News Item
  9. Observation
  10. One Perfect Rose
  11. Resumé
  12. Rondeau Redoublé
  13. Song in a Minor Key
  14. Wail

Notes on Life and Works

Dorothy (Rothschild) Parker was born on August 22, 1893, in West End, New Jersey, the daughter of Henry Rothschild and Eliza Marston. She was educated at the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament in New York. Her first job, writing captions for Vogue, led to a career in journalism, criticism, light verse, and short-story, play, and screenplay writing. She became drama critic of Vanity Fair and was a member of the Round Table of the Algonquin Hotel from June 1919 with such as her good friend Robert Benchley. She married Edwin Pond Parker in 1917, but her love life proved unhappy, and they divorced in 1928. From October 1927 she made a living as "Constant Reader", the New Yorker's book reviewer, but considerable income accrued from her poems, at first published in magazines, and then in four volumes, Enough Rope (1926; PS 3531 A5855E5 Robarts Library), a best seller, and Sunset Gun (1928; PS 3531 .A5855 S8), Death and Taxes (1931; PS 3531 A5855D4), and Not so Deep as a Well (1936; PS 3531 A5855 A17). Laments for the Living (1930) and Here Lies (1939) are volumes of short stories. In 1933 she married Alan Campbell, a film actor, and they signed contracts a year later for screenplay work in Hollywood. A miscarriage followed in 1935, but this marriage, despite a divorce and a separation after World War II, lasted until his death in 1963. Dorothy Parker died January 7, 1967, in New York. She had suggested that her tombstone inscription read, "This is on me," but she was cremated, and her ashes remained in her attorney's filing cabinet until the late 1980s. She left her estate to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Biographical information

Given name: Dorothy
Family name: Parker
Birth date: 1893
Death date: 1967