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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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. neuse river sailor11 March, 2015

    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.”

    1. Nate Hoffelder12 March, 2015

      Bwahaha. It took me a few seconds to figure out what she meant, but ouch. That was a good one.

  2. Greg Stranberg11 March, 2015

    I hope we can see more posts like this.

  3. Felipe Adan Lerma12 March, 2015

    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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