- Actions of an extemporaneous nature
Pharmacopoeia extemporanea : or, a body of prescripts. In which forms of select remedies, accommodated to most intentions of cure, are propos'd. London: printed for B. Walford,1710.Because Fuller collected the remedies at random or, one might say, the remedies came to him seeminglly extemporaneously, he decided to include the word extemporanea in his title.
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.
First published in 1926
Queen Marie of Roumania was one of the most fascinating crowned heads of Europe and one of the most extraordinary and independent women of our century. The granddaughter of
Queen Victoria and Tzar Alexander II of Russia, at seventeen Marie left the glittering courts of Western Europe to marry the Crown Prince of Roumania. Drawing upon the young queen s diaries and letters, the author [Hanna Pakula] describes her struggle to gain an independent footing in the male- dominated court of Roumania, her early years as one of the most admired beauties of Europe, and the decisive period during World War I when she all but ran the Roumanian Government.
— Maureen Cleave of the Evening Standard for flagsofourfathers.net
Dorothy Parker stands out as the wittiest and most urbane of the legendary circle of acid-tongued jazz-age wits known as the Algonquin Round table (named after the Manhattan hotel where, in 1919, the group began meeting for regular alcohol-drenched lunches).
In the imaginative world of "Comment" Marie may be in ascendance over Parker's lowly speaker, but
seventy-five years later, in reality, Parker the writer comes into her own.
In the 1998 book 100 Most Important Women of the Twentieth Century, she is duly honored in the category Writers & Journalists with a page that presents a 3 by 5 picture of her and 203 words of adulatory prose — while in the Political Figures category, we find the names Eva Peron, Indira Gandi, Madam Mao, Margaret Thatcher, Princess Diana, and others, but — oddly — not a word or picture for Marie of Roumania.
Famous for her light verse, ("Men seldom make passes / At girls who wear glasses") and the acerbic book and theater reviews she contributed to Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Parker
elevated the wisecrack to a minor art form. When a date told her he couldn't bear fools, she replied, "That's odd, your mother could." Another young man was deemed a "rhinestone in the rough." . . . .
In a male dominated literary world, Parker not only carved out a central position for women of wit (she is constantly cited as a role model for such latter-day humorists as Fran Lebowitz and Nora Ephron), she too the very subjects that male writers scorned as light. Just beneath the polished surface and Smart Set trappings of her best work lurks a deadly serious theme — exploitation, specifically of women by men.