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Witty writers leave a lasting legacy. One of the most influential, and sadly, not always recognized as the source for many witticisms still in use, is Dorothy Parker.

Born in 1898, she had a childhood full of conflict and sad circumstances. Her mother died just before her fifth birthday, her difficult stepmother passed three years later, and her father died just before her twentieth birthday.

Through her pain and deep sources of internal conflict, she went on to become a bright literary light. She became an editor to Vogue Magazine, on the board at The New Yorker magazine and founding member, a Hollywood screenwriter, and prolific poet and published author.

She was a vocal advocate for civil rights and against Nazism. At one point she called herself a Communist which caused her to be blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment in the McCarthy era of the 1950’s.

She was married three times; twice to the same man. Dorothy Parker had very traumatic and conflicted love stories, many affairs, and attempted suicide three times.

Raised in New York, she returned to Manhattan and died at her residence in 1967.

For a further detail of her accomplishments, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Parker

Enjoy some of her many witty and sarcastic quotes. I love that she uses sparkling use of the English language, twists of truth, and black humor.

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2 Comments

  1. I didn’t realize many of those were attributed to her!

    • Exactly! There are so many that are part of our vernacular and widely in use today. She really was bitter, sarcastic, biting and funny as heck!!


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