Florence King





Florence King

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in Washington, DC, The United States
January 05, 1936

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Born in Washington, D.C. in 1936 to a bookish British father and a tomboy American mother, Florence King spent her childhood living with her parents, her maternal grandmother, and her grandmother's maid.

King showed talent in French, but unable to pursue it as a major at American University, she switched to a dual major of history and English. She attended the University of Mississippi for graduate school, but did not complete her M.A. degree after losing her former girlfriend in a car crash.

King currently lives alone in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she continues to write for the National Review.


Average rating: 4.07 · 2,156 ratings · 193 reviews · 12 distinct works · Similar authors
Confessions of a Failed Sou...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 1,040 ratings — published 1985
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Southern Ladies and Gentlemen
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 330 ratings — published 1975 — 8 editions
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With Charity Toward None: A...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 205 ratings — published 1992 — 4 editions
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The Florence King Reader
4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 145 ratings — published 1995 — 4 editions
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Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 149 ratings — published 1990 — 5 editions
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When Sisterhood Was in Flower
3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1982 — 2 editions
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Lump it or Leave It
3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 71 ratings — published 1990 — 4 editions
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Wasp, Where Is Thy Sting?
4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 51 ratings — published 1977 — 3 editions
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STET, Damnit!: The Misanthr...
4.45 of 5 stars 4.45 avg rating — 42 ratings — published 2003
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He, An Irreverent Look At T...
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“Keep dating and you will become so sick, so badly crippled, so deformed, so emotionally warped and mentally defective that you will marry anybody.”
Florence King, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

“The witty woman is a tragic figure in American life. Wit destroys eroticism and eroticism destroys wit, so women must choose between taking lovers and taking no prisoners.”
Florence King

“If any of us had heard the word "feminist" we would have thought it meant a girl who wore too much makeup, but we were, without knowing it, feminists ourselves, bound together by the freemasonry that exists among intelligent women who know they are intelligent. It is the only kind of female bonding that works, which is why most men do not like intelligent women. They don't mind one female brain if they can enjoy it privately; it's the idea of two or more on the loose that upsets them. The girls in the college-bound group might not have been friends in every case--Sharon Cohen and I gave each other willies--but our instincts told us that we had the same enemies.”
Florence King, Confessions of a Failed Southern Lady

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