On Jane Austen: “I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

Damn.  That’s fighting words.  It might make you laugh, I suppose, until you realize that this quote is from none other than Mark Twain.  Which might make you laugh even harder.

Fortunately for her, Jane Austen never met Mark Twain

Fortunately for her, Jane Austen never met Mark Twain

Twain himself wasn’t exempt from such mudslinging.  William Faulkner called Twain “A hack writer who would not have been considered fourth rate in Europe.”


Such awesome insults are excerpted from The 30 Harshest Author-on-Author Insults In History by Flavorwire.  It’s amusing, sometimes scary, proof that people weren’t always so nice back in the good-ole-days.

Check out the link for insults on your favorite authors of all time: Walt Whitman, Dante, Keats, Kipling, Faulkner, Hemingway.  No one is immune.  Even Harry Potter’s own J.K. Rowling takes a punch.

Damn is right.  Maybe GoneReading should start selling gift-sets of boxing gloves.

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