Dudley was born in Chicago. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1905, and then returned to the Midwest. She married Henry Blodgett Harvey, and bore him 2 children.
She and her sister Helen Dudley were part of the Chicago literary set around Harriet Monroe, the editor of Poetry: A magazine of verse. The sisters were "were famous in Chicago’s literary circles for their wit, exuberance, and talent," says the Poetry Foundation. Both published verse in the first issue of Poetry. Under her maiden name, Dorothy continued to publish poems and reviews in Poetry through the 1920s. Her work also appeared in The Dial, the American Magazine of Art, and The Nation.
In 1932 Dudley published a biography of American novelist Theodore Dreiser.
For many years the Harveys lived in France. Dorothy Dudley died in Paris.
- Forgotten Frontiers: Dreiser and the land of the free . New York: H. Smith & R. Haas, 1932.
Poems by Dorothy DudleyEdit
- 2 poems by Dudley: "November in the Park," "Pine River Bay"
- "La Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Gèneviève" in The New Poetry: An anthology
- Dudley in Poetry: A magazine of verse, 1912-1922: "La Rue de la Montagne Sainte-Gèneviève," "November in the Park," "Paderewski," "The Moon," "Pine River Bay"
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