Wit Wisdom and Quotes of Dorothy Parker Biography

A short biography of Dorothy Parker and introduction to her wit and wisdom.


Born in New Jersey in 1893, Dorothy Parker died in New York in 1967. In between, she wrote critical pieces for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker; published four books of light verse and collections of short stories such as the memorable "Big Blonde"; and collaborated on several Broadway plays and a number of screenplays. Politically, she was an activist, pro Sacco and Vanzetti, anti-Franco from the start. Yet what has survived most of Dorothy Parker is the legend of her rapier wit. Her cleverness and bright cracks were publicized by FPA in his "Conning Tower" column and by Alexander Woollcott, Robert Benchley, and George S. Kaufman of the Algonquin Round Table, that informal group that gathered in New York to engage in dazzling conversation. This sweet little lady with the sharp tongue-Woollcott called her a cross between Little Nell and Lady Macbeth.

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