In her later years, when writer Dorothy Parker was asked what it was that inevitably led up to her expulsion (as a teenage girl) from a fashionable, Catholic, convent school (which her strict step-mother had enrolled her in), her reply went like this - "I was fired from there, finally, for a lot of things, among them, my insistence that the Immaculate Conception was merely spontaneous combustion."
Born near Long Beach, New Jersey, in 1893 - As Dorothy Parker matured (throughout the 1920;s and 30's) in her profession as a gifted satirist, poet, and short-story writer she would, sure enough, become one of the most frequently quoted writers of her generation.
And when, in her later life, Dorothy Parker (who hobnobbed with the likes of Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald) became a very vocal civil rights advocate, she would be promptly blacklisted by the FBI for her "suspected" involvement in Communism.
Anyway - If you enjoy lots of savage, dry wit and plenty of sharp-tongued prose, then this volume of Dorothy Parker's poetry and short stories (covering the years from 1926 to 1959) is sure to entertain you with its unique and special brand of humour.
*Note* - In 1967, at the age of 73, Dorothy Parker died of a heart attack.
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