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Dorothy Parker

sad portrait of Dorothy Parker [1893-1967]          short profile

primary works

plays, movies, other media

The Algonquin Round Table

works about Dorothy Parker

family & friends


"I require only three things in a man. He must be handsome, ruthless, and stupid."

"If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to."

"That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went,
including here, it was against her better judgment."

— Dorothy Parker

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Writings  &  Sayings

"Enough Rope" [1926]
"Sunset Gun" [poems 1928]
"Laments For The Living" [stories 1930]
"Death and Taxes" [poems 1931]
"After Such Pleasures" [stories 1933]
"Not So Deep As A Well" [poems 1936]
"Here Lies" [stories 1939]

Portable Dorothy Parker  "The Portable Dorothy Parker" [1944, rev 1973]
Edited by Brendan Gill

Viking pb [5/91] for $10.47
Viking hardcover [5/91] out of print/used
Tales For Males stories  "Tales For Males: Selected For Man's Enjoyment" [1945]
Edited by Ed Fitzgerald

Cadillac Publng hardcover [1/45] out of print/rare
stories by Konrad Bercovici, James M. Cain, Morley Callaghan, George S. Chappell, John Collier, Clarence Day Jr., John Fante, W.C. Fields, Corey Ford, Benjamin Franklin, C.A. Hamilton, Fred C. Kelly, Arthur Kober, Ring Lardner, Dorothy Parker, William Saroyan, Bernard Sobel, Donald Ogden Stewart, Frank Sullivan, James Thurber, George Weller and others
Penguin Dorothy Parker book  
"The Penguin Dorothy Parker" [1977]
stories, poems, and 'Constant Reader' columns from The New Yorker Magazine
Penguin Books Ltd. U.K. import 7¾x5 pb [6/77] out of print/used
Stories audio  "Dorothy Parker Stories" [1987]
Outlet/Wings 8¼x5¾ hardcover [11/92] for $2.92 {sic}
Harper Audio narrated by Shirley Booth [12/89] for $9.60
Caedmon audio by Shirley Booth [10/87] out of prodn/used
Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker book  "The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker" [1994]
Modern Library 7¼x4¾ hardcover [8/94] out of print/many used
Sayings of Dorothy Parker  "The Sayings of Dorothy Parker" [1995]
Edited by S.T. Brownlow

Duckworth pb [4/95] 64pp / out of print/used
Dorothy Parker Stories audio  "Dorothy Parker: Selected Stories" [1995]
Read by Elaine Stritch

includes "Big Blonde", "Too Bad", "Song of Shirt", "Mr. Durant", "Diary of a New York Lady", "Standard of Living", "The Garter"
Penguin Audiobooks [9/95] 2 tapes for $16.95
Complete Stories of Dorothy Parker  "The Complete Stories of Dorothy Parker" [1995]
Edited by Colleen & Mikki Breese

Penguin Classics 7¾x5 pb [1/2003] for $10.50
Penguin 7¾x5 pb [9/95] for $10.50
Not Much Fun   "Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker" [1996]
Edited by Stuart Y. Silverstein

Scribner pb [7/2001] for $11.20
Scribner 8¾x6 hardcover [8/96] for $17.50
audio collection  "The Dorothy Parker Audio Collection" [2004]
Read by Christine Baranski, Shirley Booth, Alfre Woodard & Cynthia Nixon
HarperAudio UNABR audio CD [7/2004] 6 disks for $20.37
Dorothy Parker In Her Own Words  
"Dorothy Parker: In Her Own Words" [2004]
Edited by Barry Day

Taylor 9¼x6.3 hardcover [7/2004] for $16.97

Stageplays, Movies & TV, Other Media

works of Dorothy Parker online at The New Yorker Magazine - Feb 1925 to Feb 1995

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Dorothy Parker's Broadway credits [1922-47]

"The '49ers" musical revue [Nov 1922] sketches by Dorothy Parker

"Close Harmony" comedy [Dec 1924] written by Dorothy Parker

"Shoot The Works" musical revue [Jul-Oct 1931] book by Dorothy Parker

"After Such Pleasures" comedy [Feb 1934] from the book by Dorothy Parker

"The Ladies of The Corridor" [Oct-Nov 1953] written by Dorothy Parker

"Candide" musical comedy [Dec 1956 - Feb 1957] lyrics by Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker credits [since 1920] at Internet Movie Database

Dorothy Parker co-wrote the screenplay for "A Star Is Born" [1937]

"Big Blonde" TV movie [1980] /tt0207336/

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Dorothy Parker reads “Inscription for the Ceiling of a Bedroom” [audio 0:59] on YouTube
Dorothy Parker reads “One Perfect Rose” [audio 0:54] on YouTube

Anne Hathaway reads Dorothy Parker's 1928 “The Garter” [May 2012 video 6:19] on YouTube

The Algonquin Round Table [1919-29]
Algonquin Round Table entry at Wikipedia
Algonquin Round Table official site

columnist Franklin Pierce Adams [1881-1960]
humorist Robert Benchley [1889-1945]
columnist & sportswriter Heywood Broun [1888-1939]
writer Ruth Hale Broun [1887-1934]
playwright Marc Connelly [1890-1980]
author Edna Ferber [1885-1968]
Beatrice Bakrow Kaufman [1917-45]
playwright George S. Kaufman [1889-1961]
Ring Lardner [1885-1933]
Harpo Marx [1888-1964]
Dorothy Parker [1893-1967]
S.J. Perelman [1904-79]
Harold Ross [1892-1951], editor of The New Yorker Magazine
author-playwright Robert E. Sherwood [1896-1955]
composer Deems Taylor [1885-1966]
publicist John Peter Toohey [1880-1946]
Alexander Woollcott [1887-1943]

"The Vicious Circle: The Story of The Algonquin Round Table" [1951] by Margaret Case Harriman
"Wits End: Days and Nights of The Algonquin Round Table" [1977] by James R. Gaines

Vicious Circle Mystery & Crime Stories  "The Vicious Circle: Mystery & Crime Stories By Members of The Algonquin Round Table" [12 stories 2007] Edited by Otto Penzler
featuring Robert Benchley {the wickedly absurd "The Mystery of The Poisoned Kipper"}; Marc Connelly {"Coroner's Inquest"}; Edna Ferber {"The Man Who Came Back"}; George S. Kaufman ("The Great Warburton Mystery" with Howard Dietz); Ring Lardner {"Haircut", "Stop Me, If You've Heard This One"}; Dorothy Parker {"The Big Blonde"}; S.J. Perelman {"Up The Close and Down The Stair", "Four-and-Twenty Blackjacks", and the laugh-out-loud P.I. parody "Farewell, My Lovely Appetizer"}; Alexander Woollcott {"Moonlight Sonata", "Rien Ne Va Plus"}
Pegasus Books pb [1/2009] for $10.28
Pegasus Books 8¼x5¾ hardcover [12/2007] for $18.25

"The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of The Algonquin Round Table"
[P.B.S./American Masters Sept 1987]
    The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table  56-minute documentary, mostly filmed circa 1980, about the famous lunchtime battles of wits that occured over many years at the Rose Room restaurant of the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. Broadcast in September 1987, also released in theaters (thus one of the few films nominated for both Oscar & Emmy awards). Co-produced & directed by Aviva Slesin; written by Peter Foges & Mary Jo Kaplan; hosted by Heywood Hale Broun; featuring Ruth Gordon, Averell Harriman & Helen Hayes, with archive footage of Franklin P. Adams, Robert Benchley, Edna Ferber, Raoul Fleischman, Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker, Robert E. Sherwood & Alexander Woollcott; won Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, won Lilian Gish Award at Los Angeles Women in Film Festival, and nominated for Emmy Award for Outstanding Informational Programming
Aviva Films color/b&w VHS [undated] out of prodn/scarce
episode credits at IMDbP.B.S. official program pageAviva Slesin's official website

watch "The Ten-Year Lunch" full movie [3/2013 upload; 55:38] free online at YouTube

Works About Dorothy Parker

You Might As Well Live biography of Dorothy Parker by John Keats  "You Might As Well Live: The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker"
[1970 bestseller] by John Keats

Paragon House mass pb [9/86] out of print/many used
Bantam Booksmass pb [1972] out of print/used
Simon & Schuster 8¼x5½ hardcover [1970] out of print/used
Dorothy Parker bio by Marion Meade  "Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This" [1988]
by Marion Meade

Penguin 9x6 pb [3/89] for $15.49
Random House hardcover [1/88] out of print/used
Blackstone audio read by Grace Conlin [8/97] for $83.95
Dorothy Parker's New York book by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick  "A Journey Into Dorothy Parker's New York" [2005]
by Kevin C. Fitzpatrick, Foreword by Marion Meade

Roaring Forties Press 7½x7½ pb [12/2005] out of print/many used
Roaring Forties Press pb [12/2005] out of print/used
Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle movie  "Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle" [Fine Line/Miramax Nov 1994]
Co-written & directed by Alan Rudolph; starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Andrew McCarthy & Keith Carradine
Image Ent. widescreen color DVD [9/2006] for $13.99
New Line color VHS [3/96] out of stock/used
Varese soundtrack audio CD [11/94] out of stock/used
full credits from IMDb
Farewell, Dorothy Parker novel by Ellen Meister  "Farewell, Dorothy Parker: A Novel" [2013] by Ellen Meister
Violet uses Dorothy Parker as her model in writing acerbic film criticism; when Violet visits the Algonquin Hotel for inspiration, she meets Dorothy's ghost . . .
Kindle Edition from Berkley/Penguin [2/2013] for $9.75
Berkley 8x5¼ pb [12/2003] for $10.26
Putnam Adult 9¼x6¼ hardcover [2/2013] for $23.03
Dorothy Parker Drank Here novel by Ellen Meister  "Dorothy Parker Drank Here: A Novel" [2015] by Ellen Meister
The ghost of Dorothy Parker wanders the halls of the Algonquin Hotel, martini glass in hand, looking for companionship. She finds the disgraced recluse Ted Shriver dying of cancer in his room, just as ambitious TV producer Norah locates Ted for a story . . .
Kindle Edition from Putnam/Penguin [2/2015] for $10.99
G.P. Putnam's Sons 9¼x6½ hardcover [2/2015] for $20.85

Family & Friends
Dorothy Rothschild Parker was born in 1893 in Long Branch, New Jersey and died in 1967 at age 73 in New York City.

first husband Edwin Pond Parker II [1893-1933], married 1917-1928

2nd & 3rd husband Alan Campbell [1904-63]
married 1934, divorced 1947 - re-married 1950, died 1963

L i n k s
Dorothy Parker entry at Wikipedia
Dorothy Parker's credits [since 1920] at Internet Movie Database
Dorothy Parker's Broadway credits [1922-47]
Algonquin Round Table official site

browse Dorothy Parker Store at Amazon
Dorothy Parker poetry catalog at Amazon.com

Dorothy Parker Society
Dorothy Parker Society of New York City
Dorothy Parker Poetry Archive
Lynda Engstrom's D.P. fansite
MA's Dorothy Parker fansite
Niki Lee's one-woman show of Dorothy Parker poetry
Kim Hicks [U.K.]: one-woman show of Dorothy Parker writings
JG's Dorothy Parker fansite
'Mrs. Parker & Mr. Benchley' fansite
Dorothy Parker at Famous Poets & Poems website

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