Florence King

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Florence Virginia King (January 5, 1936 – January 6, 2016) was an American novelist, essayist and columnist.


  • During the feminist seventies men were caught between a rock and a hard-on; in the fathering eighties they are caught between good hugs and bad hugs.
    • "From Captain Marvel to Captain Valium", in Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989)
  • Self-help books are making life downright unsafe. Women desperate to catch a man practice all the ploys recommended by these authors. Bump into him, trip over him, knock him down, spill something on him, scald him, but meet him.
    • "Does Your Child Taste Salty?", in Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989)
  • We wallow in nostalgia but manage to get it all wrong. True nostalgia is an ephemeral composition of disjointed memories [...] but American-style nostalgia is about as ephemeral as copyrighted déjà vu.
    • "Déjà Views", in Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye (1989), p. 112
  • Writers who have nothing to say always strain for metaphors to say it in.
    • The Florence King Reader (1995)
  • The joker in the deck of lesbian fidelity is female vanity: no woman of fifty is going to undress in front of a woman of twenty no matter how much she might lust for her.
    • The Florence King Reader (1995)
  • There is much to be said for post-menopausal celibacy. Sex is rough on loners because you have to have somebody else around, but now I don't. No more diets to stay slim and desirable: I've had sex and I've had food, and I'd rather eat.
    • Lump It or Leave It (1990)
  • I wasn't used to children and they were getting on my nerves. Worse, it appeared that I was a child, too. I hadn't known that before; I thought I was just short.
    • On her first day of kindergarten, from Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady (1990)

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