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(Verbal) Fight! (Verbal) Fight! The Top 30 Author Beefs

By Harriet Staff

The folks over at flavorwire have compiled the top 30 author-on-author insults. They are almost as good as when Axl Rose called out Bob Guccione Jr. at Spin.

Here are some highlights:

29. Robert Louis Stevenson on Walt Whitman

“…like a large shaggy dog just unchained scouring the beaches of the world and baying at the moon.”

25. Gertrude Stein on Ezra Pound

“A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.”

16. Charles Baudelaire on Voltaire (1864)

“I grow bored in France — and the main reason is that everybody here resembles Voltaire…the king of nincompoops, the prince of the superficial, the anti-artist, the spokesman of janitresses, the Father Gigone of the editors of Siecle.”

8. Elizabeth Bishop on J.D. Salinger

“I HATED [Catcher in the Rye]. It took me days to go through it, gingerly, a page at a time, and blushing with embarrassment for him every ridiculous sentence of the way. How can they let him do it?”

#thekingofnincompoops

Originally Published: June 21st, 2011