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FEBRUARY 11, 2013 9:23PM

The Very Talented Dorothy Parker

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Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) was an American columnist, poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, well known for her wit and writing skills. She was a journalist for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Esquire and Vogue.

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She was an amazing woman and a co-founder of the Screenwriter's Guild in Hollywood, won the O'Henry award for best short story (The Big Blonde in 1929) and was a member of the literary group called the Algonquin Hotel Round Table or The Vicious Circle. Most of the members of the group met daily for lunch at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City from 1919 to 1929.

The conversations were apparently rousing and full of wit and vitriol.  When Groucho Marx was invited to join the group he quipped, "The price of admission to the Algonquin round table is a serpent's tongue and a half-concealed stiletto."

Two movies on the vicious circle were produced; "The Ten Year Lunch(1987)" and "Mrs. Parker and The Vicious Circle(1994)." I have seen these entertaining productions.

Selected quotes by Dorothy Parker:

"I'm never going to be famous. I don't do anything, not a single thing. I used to bite my nails, but I don't even do that anymore."

"Brevity is the soul of lingerie."

"Women and elephants never forget."

"I require three things from a man. He must be handsome, ruthless and stupid."

"Now look baby, union is a five letter word; not a four letter word."

"I don't care what they say about me as long as it isn't true."

"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think."

"She ran the gamut of emotions from A to B in her performance."

"Robert Benchley and I had an office so tiny that if it were an inch smaller it would have been adultery."

That woman can speak eighteen languages, and can't say no in any of them.

"That would be a good thing to put on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgement."

What a woman. A fun date for sure.

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Yes, yes, what a woman! Thanks for the quotes. I also love this one, regarding A.A. Milne's "The House At Pooh Corner": "And it is that word 'hummy,' my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader fwowed up."
She certainly had wit. Great quotes. I had heard a few, but not near all of them.
[r] Bravo!!! I love DP. She said that A to B line about poor Kate Hepburn!!! I wonder if I would love her if I knew her. But God I love to read what she has said to others. OUCH!!!!

Another goodie:

“This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.”

My favorite poem of hers:

“Résumé

Razors pain you,
Rivers are damp,
Acids stain you,
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful,
Nooses give,
Gas smells awful.
You might as well live.”
― Dorothy Parker, Enough Rope

"Don't look at me in that tone of voice!" (I always thought my mother thought that one up)

“What fresh hell is this?”

Horticulture one above outstanding!!!!

"It serves me right for putting all my eggs in one bastard.”

Thank you for reminding me about DP!!!

best, libby
Here's to Dorothy. One of my favorite of her quotes was at some dinner party where one guest said "Another drink and I'll be under the table." Dorothy replied "Another drink and I'll be under the host."
Margaret- Thanks for that one. One more: "I hate writing. I love having written."
Jeanne - Thanks. One more: ""As a writer she is a good knitter."

Libby - Thanks. One more: " Re: Aimee Semple autobiography - it may be set down in sincerity, frankness, and simple effort. It may be, too, that the Statue of Liberty is situated in Lake Ontario."

Abrawang - Thanks. One more: "I never liked a man I didn't like."
Abrawang- oops'. The quote should read, "I never liked a man I didn't meet."