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He has never been known to use a word that might send a man to a dictionary.
William Faulkner (1897-1962) on Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
He has never played any significant part in any movement more significant than that of a fly... on a wheel.
Saturday Review (1857) on Charles Dickens
He has plenty of music in him, but he cannot get it out.
Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92) on Robert Browning (1812-89)
He has the most remarkable and seductive genius - and I should say about the smallest in the world.
Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), British writer, on Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), author and cartoonist
He is a mediocre man - and knows it, or suspects it, which is worse; he will come to no good, and in the meantime he's treated rudely by waiters and is not really admired even by the middle-class dowagers.
Lytton Strachey (1880-1932), British writer, on E. M. Forster
He is a shallow, affected, self-conscious fribble.
Vita Sackville-West (1892-1962) on Max Beerbohm (1872-1939)
He is a sort of M. de Sade, but does not write so well.
Edmund Gosse (1849-1928) on James Joyce (1882-1941)
He is a system of assumed personas.
H. G. Wells (1866-1946) on Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939)
He is all blood, dirt and sucked sugar stick.
W. B. Yeats (1865-1939) on Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)
He is all ice and woodenfaced acrobatics.
Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957) on W. H. Auden (1907-73)
He is blatant, full of foolish archaisms, obscure through awkward language, not subtle thought, and formless.
Rupert Brooke (1887-1915) on Ezra Pound (1885-1972)
He is limp and milder than the breath of a cow.
Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), on E .M. Forster
He is not a proper person to be admitted into respectable society, being the most perverse and malevolent creature that ill-luck has thrown my way.
William Wordsworth (1770-1850), poet, on William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist
He is the bully on the Left Bank, always ready to twist the milksop's arm.
Cyril Connolly (1903-74) on Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)
He is the old maid among novelists.
Dame Rebecca West (1892-1983) on H. G. Wells (1866-1946)
He keeps one eye on a daffodil and the other on a canal share.
Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864) on William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
He seems to me the most vulgar-minded genius that ever produced a great effect in literature.
George Eliot (1819-80), British novelist, on Lord Byron
He walked as if he had fouled his small clothes and looks as if he smelt it.
Christopher Smart (1722-71), British poet on Thomas Gray (1716-71), British poet
He would not hlow his nose without moralising on the conditions in the handkerchief industry.
Cyril Connolly on George Orwell (1903-50)
Henry James had turned his back on one of the great events in the world's history, the rise of the United States, in order to report tittle-tattle at tea parties in English country houses.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) on Henry James

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