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It did, however, become a successful touring production under the title The Lady Next Door.Some of Parker's most popular work was published in The New Yorker in the form of acerbic book reviews under the byline "Constant Reader" (her response to the whimsy of A. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner: "Tonstant Weader fwowed up." were widely read, and were later published in a collection under the name Constant Reader in 1970.Her best-known short story, "Big Blonde," published in The Bookman magazine, was awarded the O. She eventually separated from her husband, divorcing in 1928, and had a number of affairs.

The next 15 years were Parker's greatest period of productivity and success.

In the 1920s alone she published some 300 poems and free verses in Vanity Fair, Vogue, "The Conning Tower" and The New Yorker as well as Life, Mc Call's and The New Republic.

Her mother died in West End in July 1898, when Parker was a month shy of turning five.

Parker hated her father, whom she accused of physical abuse; and likewise despised her stepmother, whom she refused to call "mother", "stepmother", or even "Eleanor", instead referring to her as "the housekeeper".

The Round Table numbered among its members the newspaper columnists Franklin Pierce Adams and Alexander Woollcott.

Through their re-printing of her lunchtime remarks and short verses, particularly in Adams' column "The Conning Tower", Dorothy began developing a national reputation as a wit.Her relationship with Mac Arthur resulted in a pregnancy, about which Parker is alleged to have remarked, "how like me, to put all my eggs into one bastard." It was toward the end of this period that Parker began to become politically aware and active.What would become a lifelong commitment to activism began in 1927 with the pending executions of Sacco and Vanzetti.She grew up on the Upper West Side and attended a Roman Catholic elementary school at the Convent of the Blessed Sacrament on West 79th Street with sister Helen, despite having a Jewish father and Protestant stepmother. She sold her first poem to Vanity Fair magazine in 1914 and some months later was hired as an editorial assistant for another Condé Nast magazine, Vogue.She moved to Vanity Fair as a staff writer after two years at Vogue.), but they were separated by his army service in World War I.She had ambivalent feelings about her Jewish heritage given the strong antisemitism of that era and joked that she married to escape her name.