In case you missed this as it made the rounds on Facebook last week: Treat yourself to the mean-spirited pleasure of reading the 30 harshest author-on-author quotes in history.
Some choice examples:
Friedrich Nietzsche on Dante Alighieri
A hyena that wrote poetry on tombs.
Lord Byron on John Keats
Here are Johnny Keats’ piss-a-bed poetry, and three novels by God knows whom… No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don’t I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin.
Vladimir Nabokov on Ernest Hemingway
As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ‘forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.
W. H. Auden on Robert Browning
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.