Marry, Date or Dump: Dorothy Parker, Edith Wharton, & Edna St. Vincent Millay


In honor of my first week living in New York City, I chose three of my favorite NYC writers for you to marry, date or dump. Let me know who you would pick in the comments and wish me luck – orientation starts today! 

“Take me or leave me; or, as is the usual order of things, both.” – Dorothy Parker
“Life is always either a tightrope or a feather bed. Give me the tightrope.” – Edith Wharton
“I know I am but summer to your heart, and not the full four seasons of the year.” – Edna St. Vincent Millay

4 thoughts on “Marry, Date or Dump: Dorothy Parker, Edith Wharton, & Edna St. Vincent Millay

  1. Ok not willing dump anyone or marry anyone – all seem a little too high maintenance to me – so I would date all them – Dorothy Parker because she would be so fun but exhausting, Edna because she could express my angst and Edith because she could give endless insights and social commentary.

  2. This was a though one.

    At first I thought I would marry Edith Wharton. I LOVE Age of Innocence (one of my favorite books) and I so admire her as a break out female novelist – and she has a fantastic house with an intellectual salon – but then I realized how incredibly conservative her politics were. She didn’t just live in the 1% and write about the 1% – she really believed it.

    So I can’t decide if I would dump Edith Wharton – or date her. There is no way I could marry her.

    At first I thought I would date Dorothy Parker – what could be more fun! But the more I thought about her commitment to her ideals – the more I decided maybe she was the girl for me. Although I agree with Martha, it would be exhausting.

    Could I marry Dorothy Parker WHILE I am dating Edith Wharton? Then I could take a weekend off every month and leave what I truly believe in but is wearing me out for a weekend at the “spa” – Edith Wharton’s house in the Berkshires where everyone would have bad values – but life would be easy.

    I am ambivalent about Edna St Vincent Millay – I wish I weren’t.

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