10 Witty Wisecracks from Dorothy Parker

By August 22, 2017Authors, Poetry, Quotations

Dorothy Parker (August 22nd, 1893 – June 7th, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer and satirist, best remembered for her wit and wisecracks.

Born in New Jersey, Parker had an unhappy childhood, leading to a long and unhappy relationship with her own father. She first became well known in 1918 when she stepped in for P. G Wodehouse writing theatre criticism for Vanity Fair. While her caustic wit was popular with readers, she was eventually terminated after her criticisms began to offend powerful theatre producers.

During the 1920s, Parker released some of her best and well known work, publishing three hundred poems and free verses. Her first volume of poetry, Enough Rope was published in 1926, selling 47,000 copies and garnering impressive reviews. She couldn’t impress everyone, however and a New York Times review dismissed her work as flapper verse.

That aside, Dorothy Parker is still remembered today for her dazzling wit, caustic poetry, and honest humour written from a female perspective showing she was way ahead of her time.

“Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone.”

“That would be a good thing for them to cut on my tombstone: Wherever she went, including here, it was against her better judgment.”

“By the time you swear you’re his,
Shivering and sighing.
And he vows his passion is,
Infinite, undying.
Lady make note of this —
One of you is lying.”

“If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favor you can do them is to present them with copies of The Elements of Style. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”

“I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I’m under the table,
after four I’m under my host.”



“Tell him I was too fucking busy– or vice versa.”

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

“Men
They hail you as their morning star
Because you are the way you are.
If you return the sentiment,
They’ll try to make you different;
And once they have you, safe and sound,
They want to change you all around.
Your moods and ways they put a curse on;
They’d make of you another person.
They cannot let you go your gait;
They influence and educate.
They’d alter all that they admired.
They make me sick, they make me tired.”

“If all the girls attending [the Yale prom] were laid end to end, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.”

“When I was young and bold and strong,
The right was right, the wrong was wrong.
With plume on high and flag unfurled,
I rode away to right the world.
But now I’m old – and good and bad,
Are woven in a crazy plaid.
I sit and say the world is so,
And wise is s/he who lets it go.”

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P. G Wodehouse is timelessly classic, funny, and incredibly entertaining so it’s hardly surprising that desire for his work has continued long after his death. This week with the news that Hutchinson/Arrow has renewed the publishing license for Wodehouse’s work for a further ten years is more news about some new short stories coming this year!

Fans were already treated to the publications of Highballs for Breakfast (USUK) late last year, a collection of passages dedicated to drinking taken from the best of Wodehouse. It was an instant bestseller last Christmas and did very well in the literary gift market. Read More

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fter a long period of only men appearing on British banknotes (apart from the Queen), the new Jane Austen ten pound note has joined circulation. From today the Jane Austen £10 becomes available in the UK, as the author replaces Charles Darwin on the banknotes.

Unlike other collectible currency, which is often small denomination coins, the Jane Austen bank note is a larger currency note, worth £10 making them hard to collect, but collectors are already noting which notes are going to be worth collecting in the future! Read More

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If you’re a fan of Ian’s McEwan’s work then you’re in for a treat in the coming weeks and months as we hear the news that three of his works have been adapted for the screen.

The adaptation of the 2007 novel, On Chesil Beach will release as a movie in early 2018 along with a movie adaptation of McEwan’s 2014 novel The Children Act. If that wasn’t enough to satisfy your McEwan addiction then this Autumn Benedict Cumberbatch will play the leading role in the BBC adaptation of McEwan’s 1987 novel The Child in Time. Read More

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Bram Stoker’s Dracula has become a modern classic since it was first published over 100 years ago in 1897. The book has since inspired countless stage, film, and television adaptations and Dracula has become one of the most iconic monsters of all time. Fans of the original novel will be pleased to learn that Bram Stoker’s great-grand nephew, Dacre Stoker, is working on an official sequel to the book called Dracul. Read More

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Fans of Stephen King’s work will know how interconnected many of his novels are. The author has created an entire world through his novels and each novel is a part of this Kingverse. With IT back in the cinema this weekend, we’re going to take a look at Pennywise and the other King novels that have nodded to the character.

Pennywise is described as a shapeshifting monster that preys on Derry’s children and humans every three decades, feeding off human fear. Pennywise usually assumes the form of a middle aged man dressed in clown costume, and if you haven’t had enough of King’s scariest clown then here are some of the other novels that connect up.

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John Green is an enthusiastic You Tuber, and a big reading advocate. His channel is a varied explosion of creativity, books, literature and life and fans of the author should probably subscribe. Read More

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Many readers go back to their favourite authors time and time again but it is always worth giving new authors a chance.

Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was a debut novel, as was Zadie Smith’s White Teeth. New authors can find it incredibly difficult to get noticed when there is so much talent out there so it is up to us as readers to take heed of these new gifted writers.

Here are a handful of our favourite new authors and their debut novels freshly released this year. See if any pique your interest…

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