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50 best author vs. author put-downs

The Examiner lists the “50 best author vs. author put-downs of all time” where opinionated and cranky famous authors apply their gift of words and gab to criticize their fellow writers. Here are some of my favorite put downs:

4. Edgar Allan Poe, according to Henry James (1876)
An enthusiasm for Poe is the mark of a decidedly primitive stage of reflection.

25. Mark Twain, according to William Faulkner (1922)
A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven sure fire literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.

27. William Faulkner, according to Ernest Hemingway
Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? You’re thinking of Faulkner. He does sometimes — and I can tell right in the middle of a page when he’s had his first one.

50. Tom Wolfe’s A Man in Full, according to Norman Mailer (1998)
The book has gas and runs out of gas, fills up again, goes dry. It is a 742-page work that reads as if it is fifteen hundred pages long….

When reading my blog entries I’m sure you too can tell when I’ve just finished my first glass. If you spot any typos, assume I just downed a shot of good ol’ Jameson.

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