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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?”


Posted in Poetry News on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 by Harriet Staff.