Harshest Author Insults

Flavorwire have compiled a list of the ’30 harshest author-on-author insults in history’. Here are just a few…

“A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.”

— Friedrich Nietzsche on Dante Alighieri

“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.”

Vladimir Nabokov on Fyodor Dostoyevsky

 “All raw, uncooked, protesting.”

Virginia Woolf on Aldous Huxley

 “Filth. Nothing but obscenities.”

Joseph Conrad on D.H. Lawrence

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

Vladimir Nabokov on Joseph Conrad

 “Mr Kipling … stands for everything in this cankered world which I would wish were otherwise.”

Dylan Thomas on Rudyard Kipling

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

William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway

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

Oscar Wilde on Alexander Pope

“That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac

“[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.”

Virginia Woolf on James Joyce

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