Classic Author-on-Author Insults Give Rise to Art Form - H.G. Wells, Virginia Woolf and More!
Huffington Post recently posted 19 author-on-author insults, proving that a true literary genius can turn their words into an art form.
Below are some examples:
Henry James, according to H.G. Wells:
"His vast paragraphs sweat and struggle ... And all for tales of nothingness ... It is leviathan retrieving pebbles. It is a magnificent but painful hippopotamus resolved at any cost, even at the cost of its dignity, upon picking up a pea which has got into a corner of its den."
Aldous Huxley, according to Virginia Woolf:
"I am reading [Point Counter Point]. Not a good novel. All raw, uncooked, protesting."
Nathaniel Hawthorne, according to Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"Nathaniel Hawthorne's reputation as a writer is a very pleasing fact, because his writing is not good for anything, and this is a tribute to the man."
George Bernard Shaw, according to H.G. Wells:
"All through the war we shall have this Shavian accompaniment going on like an idiot child screaming in a hospital, discrediting, confusing. He is at present... an almost unendurable nuisance."
Read more in Huffington Post here.