Writers Talking About Writers


The book, “Writers on Writers” contains quotes from famous writers discussing other famous writers.  I must say, a lot of what they said was rather harsh.  However, the book was interesting and funny.

My favorite quotes from the book:

  • Marry Russell Mitford talking about Jane Austen – Mamma says, she was then the prettiest, silliest, most affected husband-hunting butterfly, she ever remembers.
  • Mark Twain talking about James Fenimore Cooper – Cooper’s art has some defeats.  In one place in “Deerslayer,” and in the restricted space of two-thirds of a page, Cooper has scored 114 offenses against literary art out of a possible 115.  It breaks the record.
  • Oscar Wilde talking about George Meredith – As a writer, he has mastered everything except language; as a novelist he can do everything, except tell a story; as an artist he is everything except articulate.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche talking about Dante Alighieri – A hyena that wrote poetry in tombs.
  • Cyril Connolly talking about George Orwell – He would not blow his nose without moralizing on the state of the handkerchief industry.

2 thoughts on “Writers Talking About Writers

  1. If you like the idea of this book, you might enjoy, Midnight in Paris, with Owen Wilson.
    Wilson plays the part of a successful Hollywood screenwriter who wants to be a novelist when strange things begin to happen while he is on holiday in Paris.

    A comedic delight.

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