Florence King

(1936-2016 / Washington, D.C)

Florence King
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Florence Virginia King (b. January 5, 1936, Washington, D.C.) is an American novelist, essayist and columnist.
While her early writings focused on the American South and those who live there, much of King's later work has been published in National Review. Until her retirement in 2002, her column in National Review, "The Misanthrope's Corner", was known for "serving up a smorgasbord of curmudgeonly critiques about rubes and all else bothersome to the Queen of Mean", as the magazine put it. After leaving retirement in 2006, she began writing a new column for National Review entitled "The Bent Pin."

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  • ''Showing up at school already able to read is like showing up at the undertaker's already embalmed: people start worrying about being put out of their jobs.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Confessions of a Bloom & Hirsch Girl," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
  • ''Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Democracy," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
  • ''Americans worship creativity the way they worship physical beauty—as a way of enjoying elitism without guilt: God did it.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Democracy," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
  • ''American couples have gone to such lengths to avoid the interference of in-laws that they have to pay marriage counselors to interfere between them.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "Does Your Child Taste Salty?" Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
  • ''For men who want to flee Family Man America and never come back, there is a guaranteed solution: homosexuality is the new French Foreign Legion.''
    Florence King (b. 1936), U.S. author. "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium," Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989).
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