Authors Slam Each Other

I discovered when teaching the Austen class that other writers often have extreme reactions to her work. So, I’m not surprised by the slam that Mark Twain delivers in this list of the 30 Harshest Author on Author Insults in History:

Mark Twain on Jane Austen (1898)

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

I think my favorite is Faulkner’s critique of Hemingway and then Hemingway’s response:

William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner

“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

Most of these critiques are about differences in style not substance. The whole list is worth a read. Hat tip Andrew Sullivan.

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