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Poisoned Pens: Literary Invective from Amis to Zola

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Poisoned Pens is a delicious compendium of literary feuds, slights, spleen, and venom, drawn from The Guardian newspaper column Writers on Writers. From what Byron really thought of Keats to Salman Rushdie's savage put-down of John Le Carre, from Cocteau's damning view of Victor Hugo to Edith Sitwell's derogatory description of D. H. Lawrence, here, complied by the author of Why Not Catch 21? is an anthology of writers on writers, eloquently giving vent to their least charitable feelings in outbursts of ...

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Overview

Poisoned Pens is a delicious compendium of literary feuds, slights, spleen, and venom, drawn from The Guardian newspaper column Writers on Writers. From what Byron really thought of Keats to Salman Rushdie's savage put-down of John Le Carre, from Cocteau's damning view of Victor Hugo to Edith Sitwell's derogatory description of D. H. Lawrence, here, complied by the author of Why Not Catch 21? is an anthology of writers on writers, eloquently giving vent to their least charitable feelings in outbursts of petulance, denunciations, abuse, mockery, and more.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780711229297
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 9/22/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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  • Posted October 4, 2009

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    CRITICALLY SPEAKING.....

    Most knowledgeable readers pay scant attention to book jacket blurbs. You know, those comments by other authors placed prominently in quotation marks praising a title with such phrases as "a compelling new voice on the literary scene" or "another pulse pounding tale of suspense." It's pretty commonly known that often these complimentary words are traded - you do a blurb for my book and I'll do one for yours. Of course, there's never even the slightest criticism in a blurb, which makes reading Poisoned Pens all the more fun!

    Gary Dexter, author of Why Not Catch 21: The Stories Behind The Titles, has gathered a collection of what authors really, really thought of the works of other writers. Thus, there are a number of excoriating comments included, and whether penned in anger, jealousy, jibe or gravitas all are superbly written.

    For instance, Virginia Woolf wrote of Jane Austen, "I'd give all she ever wrote for half what the Brontes wrote......." Gore Vidal had nothing kind to say about John Updike, "I can't stand him. Nobody will think to ask because I'm supposedly jealous; but I out-sell him...."

    And so it goes from one barb to another beginning with Aristophanes and closing with Michael Crichton. Poisoned Pens is a welcome addition to a library not only for reference but also for smiles.

    - Gail Cooke

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