Dorthy Parker's life and writings.

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" Men seldom make passes at girls that wear glasses" (cite) Dorothy Parker immersed her writing with her "anything goes" style of writing that was dangerous, yet exciting in the 1920's. Her style of writing was edgy and glamorous considering the time frame in which she was writing. Her writing was often sarcastic and not appreciated by many critics and readers at the time. Dorothy Parker's writings have transcended the test of time to prove useful for all generations.

Dorothy Parker was born on August 22, 1893 and was considered " a late arrival" in a loveless family (cite). She was hired by Vogue a few months after she turned the age twenty-one. Around the 1920's she became New York's only female drama critic. In 1922 she wrote her first short story, "Such a Pretty Little Picture." In 1926 she left the United States for Paris, however she kept publishing articles in the "New Yorker" and in "Life."

While in Paris, Dorothy established a close relationship with Earnest Hemmingway broadening her outlook on social and political issues. This relationship was ended shortly before her departure back home. Parker traveled back to the United States, and in 1927 she became very active in the Sacco and Vanzetti case, paving her way to becoming a persistent socialist. In 1929 her story, "The Big Blonde" was published, and she won the O. Henry award for best short story of the year. She was offered a contract with MGM and later moved to Hollywood to produce many screenplays. In the 1950's she was summoned among the (House on American activity Communication)? and plead innocent and refused to name any names. On June 7, 1967 she was found in her room at Hotel Voleny in New York dead of a heart attack. She left...