Miss Rebecca knows of what she speaks:
Dorothy Parker loved to bite the hand that fed her. Somehow, this was part of her charm—a charm that has kept her literary reputation from descending into obscurity, the unfortunate fate of most humorists who thrive on comedy of a particular time and place. Only the most talented jokers remain funny beyond their generation, and Parker has certainly earned her place in that pantheon.
In 1918 Parker started as a theatre critic at Vanity Fair, where she quickly became known for her biting commentary. In one memorable review, the show was so bad that Parker instead reviewed the performance of a woman in the audience who was searching for a lost glove.
In the 1920s Parker joined the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers, critics, and wits who met at the Algonquin Hotel every day for lunch and drinks. (Parker, known as “rarely sober,” called…
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