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Authors behaving badly

Authors often get into verbal jousting matches. William Faulkner once said that Hemingway “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” to which Hemingway replied “Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

The recent squabble between V.S. Naipaul and Keri Hulme, turned a little uglier than that and sometimes they get downright nasty like when W.H. Auden said “I don’t think Robert Browning was very good in bed. His wife probably didn’t care for him very much. He snored and had fantasies about twelve-year-old girls.”

Flavorwire picks the top 30 harshest Author-on-author insults in history

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