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born 1893

Jewish-American author Dorothy Parker rose to fame as a critic at Vanity Fair and still enjoys a devoted fan base today for her irreverent wit. Never afraid to poke fun at established authorities, romantic conventions, or herself, Parker brought a daringly sharp tongue to her work as a poet, columnist, screenwriter, and civil rights activist. Her estate went to the NAACP, which honored her with a memorial garden whose entrance bears her self-penned epitaph: “Excuse my dust.”

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all quotes by Dorothy Parker (7)

"I don't know much about being a millionaire, but I'll bet I'd be a darling at it."

classic Dorothy one-liner | 1920s

"Excuse my dust."

A Group of Artists Write Their Own Epitaphs {via Rebel in Evening Clothes} | june 1925

"Four be the things I am wiser to know: Idleness, sorrow, a friend, and a foe."

Inventory | 1926

"Scratch a lover and find a foe."

Ballade of a Great Weariness | 1926

"Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment."

But the one on the right | october 1929

"Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words."

The Art of Fiction | june 1956

"There's a hell of a distance between wisecracking and wit. Wit has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words."

not much fun: the lost poems of dorothy parker | june 1956
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