For this my mother wrapped me warm, And called me home against the storm, And coaxed my infant nights to quiet, And gave me roughage in my diet, And tucked me in my bed at eight, And clipped my hair, and marked my weight, And watched me as I sat and stood: That I might grow to womanhood To hear a whistle and drop my wits And break my heart to clattering bits. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967)
Dorothy Rothschild Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American poet, writer, critic, and satirist based in New York, best remembered for her wit. She published articles in several magazines, including The New Yorker and was a founding member of the Algonquin Round Table, a lively group of New York City writers, critics, and actors. When the group broke up in 1929, she went to Hollywood where her screenwriting talent resulted in two Academy Award nominations that, unfortunately, were cancelled when involvement in left-wing politics resulted in her being placed on the infamous Hollywood Black List.