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Dorothy

Dorothy

[dawr-uh-thee, dor-]
Parker, Dorothy (Dorothy Rothschild Parker), 1893-1967, American short-story and verse writer, b. West End, N.J. While serving as drama critic for Vanity Fair (1916-17) and book critic for the New Yorker (1927), she gained an almost legendary reputation for her sardonic wit. Her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope (1926), brought her fame, and she followed it with such volumes as Death and Taxes (1931) and Not So Deep as a Well (1936). Although decidedly light and often flippant, Parker's satiric verse is carefully crafted and stunningly concise. Her short stories satirizing aspects of modern life are witty, wry, and often poignant. "Big Blond" is probably her best-known story. Collections of stories include Laments for the Living (1930) and Here Lies (1939). Her Collected Stories was published in 1942 and her Collected Poetry in 1944. She collaborated with Arnaud d'Usseau on the play Ladies of the Corridor (1953).

See biographies by J. Keats (1970) and M. Meade (1987); study by A. F. Kinney (1978).

Canfield, Dorothy: see Fisher, Dorothy Canfield.
Wordsworth, Dorothy: see under Wordsworth, William.
Osborne, Dorothy, later Lady Temple, 1627-95, English letter writer. The daughter of a royalist, she became engaged to Sir William Temple against the wishes of her family. Her letters to Temple, both through their long engagement and after their marriage in 1655, show her as a woman of wit, learning, and strong character, and form an excellent picture of the period.

See edition of her letters (1928); study by Lord David Cecil (1948).

Dorothy-Grace Elder is a journalist and a former Member of the Scottish Parliament.

She first came to the public eye in the 1970s as a television journalist, on BBC Scotland's news programme Reporting Scotland. She also worked on the ill-fated Scottish Daily News. She was a Reporter of the year(investigations)and has won the UK Press Award and the Oliver Award for services to Scotland.

Noted for her campaigning abilities, she was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 1999 as a Scottish National Party (SNP) representative for Glasgow. A left-winger, she supported Alex Neil in the SNP leadership election of 2000. She became dissatisfied with the way in which the SNP was being run and in 2002 she quit the SNP and sat as an independent MSP.

She did not stand for re-election at the 2003 election, returning to journalism instead.

She is also a former Glasgow University Scottish Nationalist Association candidate for the post of rector of the University of Glasgow, losing to Richard Wilson in 1996.

During the Glasgow East by-election, 2008, she attacked the SNP candidate, John Mason, for his bitter attacks on her when she was an SNP MSP.

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