Misery, Men and Mirth – Dorothy Parker

Following the Society’s AGM in November, speaker Linda Hart gave a talk on the American writer Dorothy Parker, holding the audience enthralled with the story of her fascinating life. Although best known for her witty and acerbic one-liners, Dorothy Parker was also a talented poet and short story writer.
Reading from her works, Linda revealed Parker’s struggle with depression, masked by her biting wit.
Parker made her reputation as a poet before going on to a career as a drama critic and book reviewer.She became the only female drama critic at ‘Vanity Fair’ at the age of 25. She became involved in politics and a campaigner for the rights of Black Americans, leaving her literary estate to Martin Luther King Jr.