Interview

By Dorothy Parker 1893–1967 Dorothy Parker
The ladies men admire, I’ve heard,
Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light;
They’d rather stay at home at night.
They do not keep awake till three,
Nor read erotic poetry.
They never sanction the impure,
Nor recognize an overture.
They shrink from powders and from paints ...
So far, I’ve had no complaints.

Dorothy Parker, “Interview” from The Portable Dorothy Parker, edited by Brendan Gill. Copyright 1926 and renewed 1954 by Dorothy Parker. Reprinted with the permission of Viking Penguin, a division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Source: The Portable Dorothy Parker (Penguin Books, 2006)

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Poet Dorothy Parker 1893–1967

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Social Commentaries, Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Gender & Sexuality, Men & Women, Humor & Satire

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Dorothy Parker’s biting wit made her a legend, but it also masked her lonely struggle with depression. A member of the Algonquin Round Table group of writers, she wrote criticism for Vogue, Vanity Fair, and later the New Yorker. During the 1930s Parker moved to Hollywood, where she worked on such films as A Star Is Born, for which she won an Academy Award.

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Arts & Sciences, Relationships, Gender & Sexuality, Men & Women, Humor & Satire

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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