Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker!

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Dorothy Parker, American writer, editor, and critic, was born today in 1893.

Parker wrote fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays (including A Star is Born, for which she received an Oscar nomination), and is remembered in particular for her acid wit.

A member of the Algonquin Round Table, she was also an ardent leftist, and was eventually blacklisted in Hollywood because of her political leanings.

Celebrate her day with this Goodreads list of some of her best quotes.


Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →