The Queen of Wit

by Timothy Lusch

Florence King: Sabre Tongue Of The South

Reflections in a Jaundiced Eye by Florence King

Another mouth from the South, Florence King combined wit, weightiness, and a withering glare at all things American.  Like Flannery O’ Connor, King had a special talent for mocking the underlying assumptions of daily life in her native South.  Like Walker Percy, King had a profound philosophical depth that lurked beneath even her shallowest observations.  And like P.G. Wodehouse, her sense of humor was relentless.  Dubbed the Queen of Mean, Florence King regaled readers with stories, essays, and sharp commentary. King’s personal life, political views, and fierce independence defy easy categorization.  Florence King recently died, but her wild wit lives.

“To make sure I learned the etiquette of grieving, Granny took me with her to the many funerals she attended. O Death, where is thy sting? Search me. I grew up looking at so many corpses that I still feel a faint touch of surprise whenever I see people move.”