Dorothy Parker (b. 1893) was one of the most accomplished and successful feminist literary writers in women's history. She was a member of the famous Algonquin Round Table which met daily from 1919 to 1929. Carol Barnett wrote this piece for the Cornell University Women's Chorus as part of a multi-year commissioning project unofficially called "No Whining, No Flowers" in which several women composers were commissioned to set texts by women. A full recording of this piece can be found on CD-09: One World, Many Voices - Volume 7.