Monday, April 19, 2010

Literary Smackdown

Michelle Kerns reviews the "50 best author vs author put downs". (h/t CD)

Faulkner on Twain:
"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."

Hemingway on Faulkner:
"Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? You're thinking of Faulkner. He does sometimes -- and I can tell right in the middle of a page when he's had his first one."

I'd like to close the circle but Twain had surprisingly little to say about Hemingway (my wife says this is not a funny joke).

(photo credit: William Faulkner,