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The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History

Re-blogging this fun article because authors and their behavior have always been food for discussion, and it is time we all understand this dialogue will never be censored out. 

 

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By Emily Temple

 

Authors just don’t insult each other like they used to. Sure, Martin Amis raised some eyebrows when he claimed he would need brain damage to write children’s books, and recent Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan made waves when she disparaged the work that someone had plagiarized, but those kinds of accidental, lukewarm zingers are nothing when compared to the sick burns of yore.

 

30. Gustave Flaubert on George Sand

“A great cow full of ink.”

 

29. Robert Louis Stevenson on Walt Whitman

“…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.”

 

28. Friedrich Nietzsche on Dante Alighieri

“A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.”

 

27. Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling (2000)

“How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.”

 

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