Not Everyone’s a Fan: 6 Insults Hurled From Author to Author

by on July 8, 2015


Authors don’t always play nice with each other. In fact, some of the most renowned writers in the world have had their fair share of insults, thrown, in fact, by some of the world’s other most renowned writers. Take a read through these six insults. All we have to say is, Ouch… that’s got to hurt.


About: Fyodor Dostoevsky

Said by: Vladimir Nabokov

“Dostoevky’s lack of taste, his monotonous dealings with persons suffering with pre-Freudian complexes, the way he has of wallowing in the tragic misadventures of human dignity — all this is difficult to admire.”


About: Langston Hughes

Said by: James Baldwin

“Every time I read Langston Hughes I am amazed all over again by his genuine gifts–and depressed that he has done so little with them.”


About: Dante Alighieri

Said by: Friedrich Nietzsche

“A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.”


About: Marcel Proust

Said by: Evelyn Waugh

“I am reading Proust for the first time. Very poor stuff. I think he was mentally defective.”


About: Harriet Beecher Stowe

Said by: James Baldwin

“She was not so much a novelist as an impassioned pamphleteer.”


About: J.K. Rowling

Said by: Harold Bloom

“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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