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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.
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Literary Feuds A Century of Celebrated Quarrels - From Mark Twain to Tom Wolfe
Save Extra with 1 offer. From Booklist Arthur has uncovered a treasure trove of stories that offers revealing glimpses into that most entertaining of spectator sports: All rights reserved Review "A Liar, a thief, a swindler, a snob, a sot, a sponge, a coward' - thus Mark Twain on Bret Harte, another 19th-century yarn-spinner and his onetime mentor and friend.
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Write a product review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Anthony Arthur presents eight literary feuds in chronological order: Arthur is an excellent writer, and it is great fun to read his elegant prose about badly behaved literary types. I was familiar with some of the authors discussed but not all, as I was familiar with some of the animosities but not all of them.
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Arthur turns a beautiful phrase and has a knack for finding illustrative, sometimes toxic quotes. One good thing about fights between scribes -- they leave lots of luscious things in writing! The eight disputes are interesting by virtue of the characters or the topic or both, and the author does a fine job of describing the people involved and laying out the foundation and history of each quarrel. Moreover, he makes insightful comments about the disagreement or the relative merits of the protagonists. I thoroughly enjoyed these tales of intelligent people behaving poorly.
It actually got a little tedious reading about every little disagreement. Some of the information was interesting, but I was happy when I finished the stories.
Literary Feuds A Century of Celebrated Quarrels - From Mark Twain to Tom Wolfe by Anthony Arthur
I even skipped one story about two writers I'd never heard of before. Hot gossip that you can bring up at parties if there are any smart people there who you want to impress.
There are times however, that the gossip is unpleasant and you might have been better off maintaining your ignorance of some of the rotten things that have been said and done by writers who you thought you knew. For instance, I am sad to report that I am disappointed in Mark Twain and the mean spirited feud he engaged in with one of his former friends and fellow writers. I really thought Twain would be above that kind of behavior.
I should also mention that this book made me dislike Hemingway as a person. His treatment of Sherwood Anderson is nothing short of foul and disgusting. It's true also that Lillian Hellman comes across as a total fraud and an unpleasant hack--she even stole her "life story" from someone else. I know it's wrong to maintain an aversion to a given book based on a negative view of the book's author, however, "Literary Feuds" does makes some writers seem unpleasant, and then later on it's hard to read their work with any sort of objectivity.
Jul 07, Kathleen rated it really liked it. I learned about plenty of feuds I'd not known about at all, and learned more about each author's general context for feuding. I noticed that in almost every case there was a more ambitious writer and a less driven one, just plugging along. The ambitious writer, or more insecure writer, would often start the feud, or tip some awkwardness into the The author stayed reasonable, compassionate, and mostly did not take sides. I was glad he ended with writers sort of handling I learned about plenty of feuds I'd not known about at all, and learned more about each author's general context for feuding.
I was glad he ended with writers sort of handling their ongoing "feud. I guess my only reservation is that I came to expect the author's pattern, ending with redemption or something upbeat. I was glad of it Jan 16, Lady Dixie rated it really liked it Shelves: I quite enjoyed this overview of some of the more famous feuds in American literature, from Twain's argument with Bret Harte to Gore Vidal and Truman Capote's vitriolic exchanges.
Interesting without being catty. I kept wishing there were pictures of each of the authors. Jul 02, Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gore Vidal, among other authors, didn't like Truman Capote, although they had much in common. Jun 23, Joe Faust rated it liked it Shelves: A chronicle of writers behaving badly toward one another — sometimes with reason, but mostly sound and fury signifying… nothing.
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