As author and historian Kevin C. Fitzpatrick retraces for The Huffington Post, from modest beginnings, she would go on to big things, moving from Vogue to Vanity Fair in 1918 and cracking the male-dominated ranks of Broadway critics:
She was a member of the Vogue staff from late 1915 to 1918. Among the copy attributed to her was the famous caption, among an illustration of ten styles of nightgowns, in October 1916: “From these foundations of the autumn wardrobe, one may learn that brevity is the soul of lingerie.”
The following year she wrote about weddings, at the same time she was getting married herself, to Eddie Parker, a Paine Webber stockbroker. “In all this sad world there is no sadder sight than that of the groom standing at the altar, more married against than marrying. He is mercifully allowed to turn his self-conscious back to the wedding guests, who regard him with the same glitter in their eyes with which spectators at a bullfight look on the bull.”
Fitzpatrick also shares the details of how it all came crashing down at Condé Nast for Parker in 1920, when her review of Caesar’s Wife displeased the leading lady’s powerful husband. Fitzpatrick will be at The Drama Bookshop on West 40th Street March 26 to speak about and sign copies of his book Dorothy Parker: Complete Broadway, 1918-1923.
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