Dorothy "Dot" Parker was the quintessential 1920's flapper. She was also a brilliant writer, civil rights advocate and social critic. She was a founding member of the famous Algonquin Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City that included other contemporary celebrities such as Edna Ferber, Robert Benchley and Harpo Marx. Parker was the drama critic for Vanity Fair and starting in 1925 was a frequent contributor to the "Constant Reader" column in the newly published New Yorker where her outrageous wit appeared in book reviews, poetry and short fiction. Parker published several influential short story and poetry collections and was an accomplished screenwriter in her later years. Upon her death in 1967, Parker bequeathed her literary estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the assassination of Dr. King a few months later, her estate was given to the NAACP.
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