Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pearls Before Swine!

Twentieth Century American writers Dorothy Parker and Clare Boothe Luce never got along.  Once, when Luce encountered Parker in a doorway, she stepped aside and remarked, “Age before beauty.”  Always quick with a comeback, Parker countered, “Pearls before swine”, as she elegantly passed through.


Young Dorothy Parker
Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist, best known for her wit, wisecracks, and eye for 20th century urban foibles.
From a conflicted and unhappy childhood, Parker rose to acclaim, both for her literary output in such venues as The New Yorker and as a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table. Following the breakup of the circle, Parker traveled to Hollywood to pursue screenwriting. Her successes there, including two Academy Award nominations, were curtailed as her involvement in left-wing politics led to a place on the Hollywood blacklist.
Parker went through three marriages (two to the same man) and survived several suicide attempts but grew increasingly dependent on alcohol. Dismissive of her own talents, she deplored her reputation as a "wisecracker." Nevertheless, her literary output and reputation for her sharp wit have endured.

Clare Boothe Luce in 1932, photo by Carl Van Vechten
Clare Boothe Luce (March 10, 1903  – October 9, 1987) was an American playwright, editor, journalist, ambassador, socialite and U.S. Congresswoman, representing the state of Connecticut.


“Made a window frame for the upper west window in the hog pen.  Very fine mild day.”
Leesah

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