Literary Feuds

Literary Feuds

A Century of Celebrated Quarrels--from Mark Twain to Tom Wolfe

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Profiles eight rivalries between famous writers that offer insight into the means they resorted to in order to defame and compromise each other, in a volume that considers the tensions between Gore Vidal and Truman Capote, Sinclair Lewis and Theodore Dreiser, and Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. 10,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
A submarine's deadliest antagonist is another sub. Some of our most illustrious writers have tried their best to sink their enemies, using all the weapons at their command-wit, humor, sarcasm, invective, and the occasional right cross to the jaw. In these eight profiles of quarrels between famous authors, Anthony Arthur draws on a lifetime of reading and teaching their works to describe the feuds as lively duels of strong personalities. Going beyond mere gossip, he provides insights into the issues that provoked the quarrels-Soviet communism, World War II, and the natural tension between the critical and the creative temperaments among them. The result reads like a collection of short stories, with the featured authors as their own best characters and having the best lines. For example:

--Ernest Hemingway on his one-time friend and tutor: "Gertrude Stein was never crazy/Gertrude Stein was very lazy."

--Sinclair Lewis to Theodore Dreiser "I still say you are a liar and a thief."

--Mary McCarthy on Lillian Hellman " . . . every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the. ' "

These great writers are a quarrelsome bunch indeed, and these true tales of bookish bickering are guaranteed to enlighten and entertain even the most discriminating literature lovers.

Fascinating feuds between famous writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Ernest Hemingway vs. Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov, and Tom Wolfe and John Updike. Good clash-of-celebrity-egos gossip for the literary crowd.


Book News
From Mark Twain's bitterness towards his former screenplay collaborator, Bret Harte, to Thomas Wolfe's criticism of John Updike's works as "bourgeois sentimentality," Arthur (writing and literature, California State U. at Northridge) profiles eight feuds between famous writers, assessing the merits of the cases and the origins of the battles. Including the above, the battling duos appearing are Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, Theodore Dreiser and Sinclair Lewis, Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov, C.P. Snow and F.R. Leavis, Lillian Hellman and Mary McCarthy, and Truman Capote and Gore Vidal. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Holtzbrinck
Fascinating feuds between famous writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including Ernest Hemingway vs. Gertrude Stein, Edmund Wilson and Vladimir Nabokov, and Tom Wolfe and John Updike. Good clash-of-celebrity-egos gossip for the literary crowd.

A submarine's deadliest antagonist is another sub. Some of our most illustrious writers have tried their best to sink their enemies, using all the weapons at their command-wit, humor, sarcasm, invective, and the occasional right cross to the jaw. In these eight profiles of quarrels between famous authors, Anthony Arthur draws on a lifetime of reading and teaching their works to describe the feuds as lively duels of strong personalities. Going beyond mere gossip, he provides insights into the issues that provoked the quarrels-Soviet communism, World War II, and the natural tension between the critical and the creative temperaments among them. The result reads like a collection of short stories, with the featured authors as their own best characters and having the best lines. For example: --Ernest Hemingway on his one-time friend and tutor: "Gertrude Stein was never crazy/Gertrude Stein was very lazy." --Sinclair Lewis to Theodore Dreiser "I still say you are a liar and a thief." --Mary McCarthy on Lillian Hellman " . . . every word she writes is a lie, including 'and' and 'the. ' " These great writers are a quarrelsome bunch indeed, and these true tales of bookish bickering are guaranteed to enlighten and entertain even the most discriminating literature lovers.

Baker
& Taylor

Profiles eight rivalries between famous writers that offer insight into the means they resorted to in order to defame and compromise each other, such as the tensions between Gore Vidal and Truman Capote and Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein.

Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2002
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780312272098
031227209X
Branch Call Number: 810.9 Arthur 2002
Characteristics: xiv, 240 pages ; 22 cm

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