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.