Also known as Dot or Dottie, Parker was born Dorothy Rothschild at 732 Ocean Avenue in the West End village of Long Branch, New Jersey, where her parents had a summer beach cottage. Parker wrote in her essay "My Hometown" that her parents got her back to their Manhattan apartment shortly after Labor Day so she could be called a true New Yorker. Her friends found her both a source of fun and of tragedy; she attempted suicide at least three times.
Read Reformers: A Poem of Hate, by Dorothy Parker, part of the literary collection, Nonsensorship, edited by G.G. Putnam, and available free from Project Gutenberg.