Mrs. Parker

Sep 6, 2013

For the UALR English Department, this is J. Bradley Minnick with Facts About Fiction.

Why is it no one ever sent me yet
One perfect limousine, do you suppose?
Ah no, it's always just my luck to get
One perfect rose.

Famed writer and critic Dorothy Parker, author of “Big Blonde” and founding member of the Algonquin Round table was well known for her witticisms such as “Beauty is only skin deep, but ugly goes clean to the bone” and the couplet “men seldom make passes/At girls who wear glasses."

Here Are the Facts: In 1907 after leaving catholic boarding school for insisting that Immaculate Conception was really spontaneous combustion, at 14, Parker attended Miss Dana’s School in Morristown, New Jersey. A schoolmate recalled that Parker was actually the most attractive girl in her class, “small, slender, dark-haired, and brilliant.” After being released into the world, Parker took a desk job where she wore glasses for her nearsightedness. However, she always took them off when someone approached her desk, and she never wore them for social occasions.

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