21.6.11

Author Insults

'Nothing but obscenities'
Oscar Wilde
Flavorwire have compiled a list of the '30 harshest author-on-author insults in history'. Here are just a few:

Friedrich Nietzsche on Dante Alighieri:
“A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.”

Vladimir Nabokov on Fyodor Dostoevsky:
“Dostoevky’s lack of taste, his monotonous dealings with persons suffering with pre-Freudian complexes, the way he has of wallowing in the tragic misadventures of human dignity — all this is difficult to admire.”

Virginia Woolf on Aldous Huxley:
“All raw, uncooked, protesting.”

Joseph Conrad on D.H. Lawrence:
“Filth. Nothing but obscenities.”

Vladimir Nabokov on Joseph Conrad:
“I cannot abide Conrad’s souvenir shop style and bottled ships and shell necklaces of romanticist cliches.”

Dylan Thomas on Rudyard Kipling:
“Mr Kipling … stands for everything in this cankered world which I would wish were otherwise.”

William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway:
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

Oscar Wilde on Alexander Pope:
“There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope.”

Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac:
“That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

Virginia Woolf on James Joyce:
“[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.”

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