Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967)

20 12 2011

I was recently sent some quotes from Dorothy Parker. I’d heard of her vaguely, but wanted to know more. I was aware she had a biting wit and was a New Yorker. That was about it.

Wikipedia: Dorothy Parker

Wikipedia: Dorothy Parker

Turns out her career took off while she was writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair, which she began to do in 1918 as a stand-in for the vacationing P. G. Wodehouse, himself famous for the Jeeves books. According to Wikipedia, “Parker’s caustic wit as a critic initially proved popular, but she was eventually terminated by Vanity Fair in 1920 after her criticisms began to offend powerful producers too often.” My kind of woman!

Among other things, she’s attributed with saying:

  • The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.
  • I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.

If her wit is to your taste, I found this little cache for further reading:




4 responses

21 12 2011
misfits' miscellany

Dotty Parker wrote one of my all-time favourite poems, RESUME (with an accent on the E)

Razors pain you,
rivers are damp,
acid stains you,
drugs cause cramp,
gun aren’t lawful,
nooses give,
gas smells awful,
you might as well live.

21 12 2011
Quieter Elephant

I gather she did indeed survive several “cries for help”. I guess creative minds are tortured more than most. They see mundane things in curious (and sometimes terrifying) light.

21 12 2011
misfits' miscellany

And, asked to address a horticultural society, she got to the podium and,is reported to have said: “You can lead a whore to culture but you can’t make her think.”

21 12 2011
Quieter Elephant

Now THAT one, I like!

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