Dorothy Parker, 1893 – 1967

August 22, 1893: Birthdate of Dorothy Parker. Born Dorothy Rothschild, she was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for twentieth century urban foibles.

Parker grew up on the Upper West Side of New York City and attended a Roman Catholic elementary school at the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament on West 79th Street.

She sold her first poem to Vanity Fair magazine in 1914 and some months later was hired as an editorial assistant for another Conde Nast magazine, Vogue.

In 1917, she met and married Edwin Pond Parker II (1893–1933), but they were separated by his army service in World War I. She had ambivalent feelings about her Jewish heritage given the strong anti-Semitism of that era and joked that she married to escape her name.

She passed away in 1967.

The stamp shown here, Scott No. 2698, was issued in 1992 by the United States Postal Service.

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