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Parker, James Reid, 1909-1984



  • Existence: 1909 - 1984


James Reid Parker was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, on June 2, 1909, to James A. and Rebecca Ives Parker. He received his B.A. from Lafayette College, and an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1931. He became a regular contributor of light humorous pieces to The New Yorker magazine beginning in 1930, and wrote a column entitled "Small World," for Woman's Day from the 1940s to the early 1960s. Many of his New Yorker stories were published as anthologies, including Academic Procession and Attorneys at Law, and he published a novel, The Merry Wives of Massachusetts, in 1959. At The New Yorker, he worked closely with cartoonist Helen E. Hokinson, writing captions for her cartoons from the 1930s until her death in a plane crash in 1949. Parker served as one of the executors and trustees of Hokinson's estate, and as such published a collection of her work entitled The Hokinson Festival in 1956.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Helen E. Hokinson Cartoons for The New Yorker

Call Number: YCAL MSS 1084

The collection consists of more than 340 cartoons, cover drawings, and concept sketches in ink, pencil, watercolor, crayon, and charcoal on paper that were created for The New Yorker magazine by Helen E. Hokinson.

Dates: 1926-1949

James Reid Parker papers

Call Number: YCAL MSS 371
Abstract: The collection documents the career of twentieth-century American writer James Reid Parker, including his collaboration with cartoonist Helen E. Hokinson and his trusteeship of her estate. It includes drafts and printed versions of Parker's writings for The New Yorker and Woman's Day, as well as correspondence documenting his professional work, and personal correspondence and papers documenting his family relationships, family history, and military service with the Publications Branch of the...
Dates: 1879-1991, bulk 1930-1984

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