dorothy parker

David Nightingale: Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)

Mar 15, 2015


          Men seldom make passes
          At girls who wear glasses ...  [ref.1 p.79]

...wrote Dorothy Parker, and...

          Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
          A medley of extemporanea;
          And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
          And I am Marie of Roumania.     [(ref.1 p.62]

  Legendary writer Dorothy Parker is considered one of the most celebrated and scathing wits of the twentieth century. Parker has been dead for forty-five years, but she’s on Facebook and she updates her status several times a day and has over 140,000 friends, thanks to author Ellen Meister.

Meister has been captivated by Dorothy Parker’s audacious voice since her teen years and in 2013, Meister delivered Farewell, Dorothy Parker, a nuanced tale that introduced the acid-tongued Mrs. Parker to a whole new generation of admirers. Now, Meister once again re-imagines the wickedly funny Parker in Dorothy Parker Drank Here.

    Novelist Ellen Meister is a serious Dorothy Parker fan. So much so, she created a Facebook page dedicated to the literary icon and celebrated wit. When it came to writing about her, since Meister is a novelist not a biographer, she decided to write in Dorothy Parker's voice - as a ghost. We’ll talk with Ellen Meister about her book Farewell, Dorothy Parker.