Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles.

From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist.

Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker." Nevertheless, her literary output and reputation for her sharp wit have endured.

Read more about Dorothy Parker:  Early Life, Algonquin Round Table Years, Hollywood, Later Life, Posthumous Honors, Pastiches, Fictional Portrayals and In Popular Culture

Famous quotes by dorothy parker:

    Excuse my dust.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    Scratch a lover, and find a foe.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn’t sit in the same room with me.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)

    Hollywood money isn’t money. It’s congealed snow, melts in your hand, and there you are.
    Dorothy Parker (1893–1967)