Friday, September 28, 2007

Literary Insults

It's no-holds-barred bare knuckle action in the literary world;
  • I have tried lately to read Shakespeare, and found it so intolerably dull that it nauseated me - Charles Darwin
  • Edgar Allan Poe's prose is unreadable - like Jane Austen's. No, there is a difference. I could read his prose on a salary, but not Jane's - Mark Twain
  • Ulysses is the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples - Virginia Woolf
  • Henry James has a mind so fine that no idea could violate it - T S Elliot
  • Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms - G K Chesterton
  • It was a bad play saved by a bad performance - George S Kaufman
  • Gertrude Stein was a past master in making nothing happen very slowly - Clifton Fadiman
  • Truman Capote has made lying an art. A minor art - Gore Vidal
  • J D Salinger is the greatest mind ever to stay in prep school - Norman Mailer
  • Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a bad novelist and a fool. The combination usually makes for great popularity in the US - Gore Vidal
  • The g is silent - the only thing about her that is - Julia Burchill on Camille Paglia

1 comment:

  1. I generally take anything and everything that Gore Vidal says as gospel, but his comments about Truman Captote are WRONG!!!