Erma Bombeck

Literary Birthday – 21 February – Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck was born 21 February 1927 and died 22 April 1996.


  1. When humour goes, there goes civilisation.
  2. One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.
  3. I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security and too tired for an affair. [On becoming a writer.]
  4. It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
  5. Humourists can never start to take themselves seriously. It’s literary suicide.

Erma Bombeck was an American humourist who wrote newspaper columns and books. She penned more than 4 000 newspaper columns about the ordinary life of a mid-western suburban housewife. Her columns were read 30 million readers in the 1970s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers, including these titles: I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression, The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, and If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 20th February 2020