Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker! by da-AL

Writer and wit extraordinaire, Dorothy Parker: August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967

“The first thing I do in the morning is brush my teeth and sharpen my tongue.”
Dorothy Parker

At a time when women were supposed to be stay-at-home moms and the writers who got press tended to be men, Dorothy Parker hit the 1920s running — her mouth off as well as her pen. She was known as much for her biting wit as she was for her phenomenal writing.

She began at the New Yorker, where work days often included long boozy lunches with fellow stellar writers at New York’s fancy Algonquin Hotel.

In my early teens, I first read “The Portable Dorothy Parker.” Each of the short stories and poems included in it is a gem. I was hooked!

Wiki describes her as ‘poet, short story writer, critic, and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th-century urban foibles.’ In addition, she wrote many enormously successful screenplays with her gay husband, Alan Campbell, who she married twice.

In recognition of her greatness, stay tuned for guests posts about her.

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