US Author, Humorist, Poet & Wit
(1893 – 1967)
“I’ve never been a millionaire but I just know I’d be darling at it.”
“If all the coeds who attended the Yale prom were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised.”
“Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves.”
“That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.”
Dorothy Parker’s career took off in 1918 as a theater critic for Vanity Fair. While at the magazine, she met Robert Benchley and Robert Sherwood. The threesome began lunching at the famous Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan and formed the Algonquin Round Table, an inner circle of America’s literary talent. Dorothy often found the newspaper re-printing of her remarks, thus developing a national reputation as a wit, gaining respect for her ability to summon maximum laughter with minimal words. One of my favorite books, suggested by dear friend Kris Frieswick, is Dorothy Parker – What Fresh Hell is This? by Marion Meade. This book will have you laughing at the non-stop zingers!