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Tb think of him dribbling his powerful intellect through the gimlet holes of poetry.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) on Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)
Tell me, when you're alone with Max, does he take off his face and reveal his mask?
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) on Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)
Tennyson is a beautiful half of a poet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) on Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)
Thackeray settled like a meat-fly on whatever one had got for dinner; and made one sick of it.
John Ruskin (1819-1900) on William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63), British novelist and critic
That insolent little ruffian, that crapulous lout. When he quitted a sofa, he left behind him a smear. My wife says he even tried to paw her about.
Norman Cameron (1905-53), British poet, on Dylan Thomas (1914-53)
The cynic parasite.
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-81) on William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-63)
The death of a member of the lower classes could be trusted to give him a good chuckle.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) on Henry James (1843-1916)
The enemy of all mankind, you are, full of the lust of enmity. It is not the hatred of falsehood which inspires you. It is the hatred of people, of flesh and hlood. It is a perverted blood lust, why don't you own it?
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) on Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)
The first man to have cut a swathe through the theatre and left it strewn with virgins.
Frank Harris (1856-1931), English author and journalist, on George Bernard Shaw
The godless arch scoundrel Voltaire is dead -dead like a dog, like a beast.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91)
The great honour of that boast is such That hornets and mad dogs may boast as much.
Lord Hervey (1696-1743) on Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
The Hitler of the book racket.
Percy Wyndham Lewis (1884-1957) on Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)
The jingle man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) on Edgar Allan Poe (1809-49)
The kind of man that Keats was gets ever more horrible to me. Force of hunger for pleasure of every kind, and want of all other force - such a soul, it would once have been very evident, was a chosen vessel of Hell.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) on John Keats
The language of Aristophanes reeks of his miserable quackery: it is made up of the lowest and most miserable puns; he doesn't even please the people, and to men of judgement and honour he is intolerable; his arrogance is insufferable, and all honest men detest his malice.
Plutarch (c.46-c.120), Greek biographer and moralist, on Aristophanes (c. 448-c. 388 BC), Greek playwright.
The languid way in which he gives you handful of numb unresponsive fingers...
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) on William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
The most affected of sensualists and the most pretentious of profligates.
Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909), poet, on Lord Byron
the poetry has a good deal of staple about it, and will bear handling; but the inner, the conversational and private, has many coarse intractable dangling threads, fit only for the flockbed equipage of grooms.
Walter Savage Landor on William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
The stupid person's idea of the clever person.
Elizabeth Bowen (1899-1973), British writer, in the Spectator (1936) on Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), writer
The undisputed fame enjoyed by Shakespeare as a writer... is, like every other lie, a great evil.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) on William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

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