Dorothy Parker Rejected by New Jersey

Michael Douglas and the E Street Band inducted into the New Jersey

Hall of Fame, but not Dorothy Parker

When the E Street Band and Michael Douglas are inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame this summer, the Dorothy Parker Society and our friends in Long Branch will not be at a table at the gala affair sipping champagne. That’s because Mrs. Parker was shut out again. Her

Dottie Parker Rejected Again

place in the “general” category was taken by Joyce Carol Oates. It’s a bitter pill to swallow, as Mrs. Parker has been taking her lumps lately (losing her house still stings). We are happy that if it had to be anyone in the category to beat her, at least it was Ms. Oates, a superstar female author, and not Doris Duke. Read the whole sad tale here, and see who else is being inducted.

(above quoted from the Dorothy Parker Society Newsletter)

Has Joyce Carol Oats ever written one quotable line?  About the only thing you can say about her is that she is prolific.   In 60 years, do you think she will still be talked about and celebrated?  Is Joyce Carol Oats a symbol for an age as is Parker?  Has JCO had a bottle of American gin named after her?

Dorothy Parker American Gin–a blend of traditional and contemporary botanicals including juniper and elderberries, citrus, cinnamon, and hibiscus Made by Brooklyn Distilling Company.

That only happened because Parker is some kind of symbol for the American Twenties.  What has JCO had named after her:  zero, goose egg, natha.  Besides, Oats wasn’t even born in New Jersey as was Parker.  Parker has been on a U.S. Postage Stamp and Oats hasn’t.

Issued 8/22/1992

The argument could be made that Ms. Parker didn’t live in New Jersey accept as a child, but neither has Michael Douglas.  I believe Douglas grew up in Connecticut.

Read my previous blog on Dorothy Parker called Dorothy Parker’s Birthday.

Top 10 List

Monthly Top Ten Dorothy Parker Books
(via Amazon.com)
1. The Portable Dorothy Parker

2. A Journey into Dorothy Parker’s New York (ArtPlace Series)

3. The Lost Algonquin Round Table

4. Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell is This?

5. Dorothy Parker Complete Poems

6. The Poetry and Short Stories of Dorothy Parker (Modern Library)

7. Dorothy Parker Complete Stories

8. Not Much Fun: The Lost Poems of Dorothy Parker

9. Bobbed Hair and Bathtub Gin: Writers Running Wild in the Twenties

10. The Ladies of the Corridor (Penguin Classics)

Check out my other posts about Dorothy Parker

1.  June 7 Marks the 45th Anniversary of Dorothy Parker’s Death.

2.  Dorothy Parker’s Birthday

3.  Coming Soon:  An On-Line Tour of Dorothy Parker’s New York.

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