Writer Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was born 'Dorothy Rothschild' on August 22, 1893, in West End, New Jersey. After working for a fashion magazine, she became drama critic of the periodical "Vanity Fair" in 1917. When her reviews for "Vanity Fair" were considered too biting and stringent by the publisher, she joined the staff of "The New Yorker." She also published many of her short stories, later collected in "Here Lies" (1939). After the success of her first book of verse, "Enough Rope" (1926), Parker became a free-lance writer. "Enough Rope" contains her celebrated couplet "Men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses." Her major verse was collected in "Not So Deep as a Well" (1936). She also collaborated on several plays, notably "Close Harmony" (1924) with Elmer Rice and "Ladies of the Corridor" (1963) with Arnaud d'Usseau.
Dorothy Parker was honored with a 29-cent commemorative stamp issued August 22, 1992, in West End, New Jersey. The stamp marked the tenth in the Literary Arts Series of stamps. Designed by Greg Rudd, the stamps were printed in photogravure process by Stamp Venturers, Inc., and issued in panes of fifty.
Reference: Postal Bulletin (August 6, 1992)
Scott Catalogue USA: 2698
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