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Posted on 07/18/2014 11:34:05 AM PDT by EveningStar
30 Writers Other Writers Loved To Hate
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Now really, there is always some writer, somewhere, who thinks some other writers are drek, it’s called “diversity”.
Pretty good company. There’s probably a similar list for “Politicians that other politicians love to hate”
[ Pretty good company. Theres probably a similar list for Politicians that other politicians love to hate ]
Palin and Cruz would be at the top of that honored list....
a brilliant piece.
I love how they have a damning comment from one writer, and then that writer is the subject of condemnation in the next entry....
I especially liked this one:
Have you ever heard of anyone who drank while he worked? Youre thinking of Faulkner. He does sometimes and I can tell right in the middle of a page when hes had his first one. Ernest Hemingway
For Hemingway to criticize Faulkner for drinking while he wrote is laughable. Most of the World War II war correspondents couldn’t stand Hemingway.
That Grapes of Wrath book is the most ridiculous piece of commie propaganda I ever read.
It's bad enough that I'm sure they still make the kids read it in school.
Yes, what a slob Hemingway was.
It’s beautifully written. Most Marxist Literary types now regard it as anti-Communist.
When Zelda first met Hemmingway, she told her husband that Hemmingway was insane.
Later, Hemmingway told Fitzgerald that Zelda was insane.
This piece is like listening to a family of incest participants stranded on an island somewhere and slowly going insane.
Surprised no one went after F. Scott Fitzgerald or Sinclair Lewis. Not that I don’t like them just that nobody took a shot.
How was Norman Mailer left off the list?
Lewis isn’t read enough today to merit attention in an article like this.
Two peas in a pod. LOL
Thanks for the tidbit.
If all you’ve ever read of Steinbeck is “Grapes of Wrath,” you ought to try reading Steinbeck.
Faulkner was my first thought as well, although with Hemingway saying this the obvious thought is “It takes one to know one”.
Faulkner was an overrated, drunken hack who wrote to buy is next stock and store of booze. Little better than the same genre of “brilliant” reporters of his era.
"Her hips waved a happy hello."
Interesting because I read Babbit a couple of years ago and was thinking of how similar politics and life are today as they were back in the 20's.
All my friends think I m crazy but I like Steinbeck. He had a major shift in politics after his kid was KIA in Nam.
You’re right. Among other things, Hemingway drove an ambulance for the Lincoln Brigade, as I remember.
Hemingway was a pig.
Some of these aren’t necessarily put-downs. Waugh’s “desperate jauntiness of an orchestra fiddling away for dear life on a sinking ship” was a quality he wanted in his prose and something Wilson appreciated. The remarks about Pound and Orwell catch aspects of their personality that might not have affected Stein’s or Connolly’s appreciation of their work. Also, why the long awkward quote from Wallace about Updike when “just a penis with a thesaurus” does the job so much better.
I suppose I should read more than one of the man’s books before dismissing him out of hand, but life is short. There are 100 years worth of back issues of Popular Science on Google Books that I haven’t gotten through yet. It could be awhile before I get around to “Of Mice and Men”.
[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. William Faulkner
Only having read a few short stories by Faulkner, I tried one of his novels. Could not stand the schmaltzy prose. Faulkner does not stand the test of time like Twain does.
What Faulkner have you read? ‘Absalom, Absalom’ is the great American prose tragedy.
Great list,great fun.
Faulkner is as big now as he ever was. He’s a huge influence on writers all over the world.
Other than that he was a ball sucking, self angrazing jerk looking for acceptance.
How about the short stories?
Truman Capote was a really weird little fellow but he sure could write.
I can’t read him, his style turns me off.
After visiting Faulkner’s home (Rowan Oak) in Mississippi, I read “Old Man”.
A few years earlier, I had seen the Hallmark Hall Of Fame movie version of “old Man”.
Now I completely understand that a movie and the book will never be the same thing - but my problem was that I couldn’t get into to rhytm of reading Faulkner. His writing style just wan’t for me.
He pretty much revolutionized English prose. All the pulp writers who came after him imitated him.
Besides being very entertaining, this article reminds me of just how competitive most these well known writers were. When all is said and done. they are but human, and don’t want to share the limelight too much. Today, such a list should include Anne Rice. and Steven King. Both very popular writers I tried to like, but found most their work almost “Proust-Like”, with endlessly entertwined monolouges spoken by somewhat disgusting Protaganists who elicited little empathy or sympathy from me. I was impressed with the stylization of their prose, some of it fine, flowery and florid. Nobody talks like that anymore, or if they do, it’s usually restricted to print form communique.
He created a diction like no other.
More than I ever cared to read. At least 2 in high school, 3 in college. My college professor did her dissertation on Faulkner. All of them forgettable. Flags in the Dust, The Town, Collected Stories were some of them. Mostly plodding, prodigious, regionally oriented prose that would bore a dullard to death. That said, to each his own.
They forgot that Joyce spoke five languages and had a view of Irish language and history. All of which was woven into his stories.
O Henry wrote some great short stories.
I agree with you on Capote. My first exposure was “In Cold Blood”. Rereading some of the paragraphs I could see what artistry went into the sentence structure and words carefully chosen to create a scene, emotion or action. The man painted a paragraph like a great artist using an easel.
Thanks for clarifying that.
something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it. Vladimir Nabokov
LOL that’s wonderful.
Just talking looks here. She was a babe.
I haven’t read the list, yet... but Twain’s take on James Fenimore Cooper is hilarious.
‘Flags in the Dust’ was written before he found his voice. You probably don’t like Joyce or Pynchon either I’m guessing.
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