“There’s a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit.” —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 publications such 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 pursuescreenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed when 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 sharp wit have endured.
1Early life and education
2Algonquin Round Table years
4Later life and death
6In popular culture
Prince features a song entitled "The Ballad of Dorothy Parker", on his 1987 album Sign o' the Times.
Books by Parker, Dorothy (sorted by popularity)
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