Famous Authors Who Were Not Fans of Other Famous Authors

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/blog/show/608-famous-authors-who-were-not-fans-of-other-famous-authors?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=editorial&utm_campaign=famousauthorinsults

 

Have you ever felt like some famous writers are a little overrated? Well, you’re in good company—other famous writers felt the same way (and were neither polite nor cautious about expressing it). Enjoy our favorite author-on-author insults below!

Not a fan: H.G. Wells
“An idiot child screaming in a hospital.”

 

For Whom the Bell Tolls

by Ernest Hemingway

Not a fan: Vladimir Nabokov
“As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ‘forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.”

 

Pride and Prejudice

Not a fan: Mark Twain
“Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

 

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

Not a fan: William Faulkner
“A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven sure fire literary skeletons with sufficient local color to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.”

 

Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Not a fan: D.H. Lawrence
“Nobody can be more clownish, more clumsy and sententiously in bad taste, than Herman Melville, even in a great book like Moby-Dick…. One wearies of the grand serieux. And that’s Melville. Oh dear, when the solemn ass brays! brays! brays!”

 

Ulysses

by James Joyce

Not a fan: Virgina Woolf
“[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.”

 

Inferno

by Dante Alighieri

Not a fan: Friedrich Nietzsche
“A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.”

 

The Cantos

by Ezra Pound

Not a fan: Gertrude Stein
“A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.”

 

On the Road

by Jack Kerouac

Not a fan: Truman Capote
“That’s not writing, that’s typing.”

 

The Old Man and the Sea

by Ernest Hemingway

Not a fan: William Faulkner
“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

 

The Sound and the Fury

by William Faulkner

Not a fan: Ernest Hemingway
“Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

 

Twilight

by Stephenie Meyer

Not a fan: Stephen King
“Both Rowling and Meyer, they’re speaking directly to young people…. The real difference is that Jo Rowling is a terrific writer and Stephenie Meyer can’t write worth a darn. She’s not very good.”

 

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