Infographic: Famous Writers’ Insults

famous writers' insultsMany famous authors gained public acclaim for their sharp wit and sharper pen, but they didn't always get along.

Faulkner fought with Hemingway, Gore Vidal criticized Capote, who took pot shots at Kerouac, and HG Wells didn't appreciate George Bernard Shaw's work at all.

Here are a few of the choicer barbs authors have directed at their colleagues. (Do let me know if the infographic missed any good insults.)

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4 Comments on Infographic: Famous Writers’ Insults

  1. All good insults, because they all contain at least a grain of truth. I’m sure a quick google search could turn up many more, and Dorothy Parker might stand prominent. She generally attacked the work, not the author, but her opinion of A.A. Milne shines through the classic line in her review of “The House at Pooh Corner”:

    “It is that word ‘hummy,’ my darlings, that marks the first place in The House at Pooh Corner at which Tonstant Weader Fwowed up.”

  2. I hope we can see more posts like this.

  3. Ditto Greg above.

    Stuff like this actually gives me hope and a smile. After all, if these guys and gals felt that way about each other, it shows how much room there is for diversity!

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