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Isn't she a poisonous thing of a woman, lying, concealing, flipping, plagiarising, misquoting and being as clever a crooked literary publicist as ever.
Dylan Thomas (1914-53) on Dame Edith Sitwell
It is a better thing to be a starved apothecary than a starved poet. So back to the shop, Mr John. Back to plaster, pills and ointment boxes.
J. G. Lockhart in Blackwood's Magazine (1818), on John Keats' poetry
It is long, yet vigorous, like the penis of a jackass.
Revd Sydney Smith (1771-1845) on the writings of Henry Peter Brougham (1778-1868)
It is not surprising to learn that Marlowe was stabbed in a tavern brawl: what would be utterly unbelievable would be his having succeeded in stabbing anyone else.
George Bernard Shaw on Christopher Marlowe (1564-93)
It is written by a man with a diseased mind and soul so black that he would even obscure the darkness of hell.
Senator Reed Smoot on James Joyce (1882-1941)
Jane Austen's books, too are absent from this library. Just that one omission alone would make a fairly good library out of a library that hadn't a book in it.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) on Jane Austen (1775-1817)
Jo Davies goes wobbling with his arse out behind as though he were about to make everyone he meets a wall to piss against.
John Manningham, English diarist, on Sir John Davies (1569-1626), English poet and attorney-general
Just for a handful of silver he left us, Just for a riband to stick in his coat.
Robert Browning (1812-1889) on William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
Kipling is a jingo imperialist, he is morally insensitive and aesthetically disgusting.
George Orwell (1903-50) on Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Lawrence is in a long line of people, beginning with Heraclitus and ending with Hitler, whose ruling motive is hatred derived from megalomania, and I am sorry to see that I was once so far out in estimating him.
Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) on D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Let simple Wordsworth chime his childish verse, and brother Coleridge lull the babe at nurse.
Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, because of the sacredness of her duties at home.
Robert Southey (1774-1843) on Charlotte Bronte (1816-55)
Living almost always among intellectuals, she preserved to the age of fifty-six that contempt for ideas which is normal among boys and girls of fifteen.
Odell Sheperd, American writer, on Louisa May Alcott (1832-88)
Longfellow is to poetry what the barrel-organ is to music.
Van Wyck Brooks, American critic, on Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-82)
Mad, bad and dangerous to know.
Lady Caroline Lamb (1785-1828), British aristocrat and writer, on Lord Byron
Master, mammoth, mumbler.
Robert Lowell (1917-77) on Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939)
Monsieur Zola is determined to show that if he has not genius he can at least be dull.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) on Emile Zola (1840-1902)
Mr Eliot is at times an excellent poet and has arrived at the supreme Eminence among English critics largely through disguising himself as a corpse.
Ezra Pound (1885-1972) on T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
Mr Kipling ... stands for everything in this cankered world which I would wish were otherwise.
Dylan Thomas (1914-53), Welsh poet, on Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)
Mr Lawrence looked like a plaster gnome on a stone toadstool in some suburban garden ... he looked as if he had just returned from spending an uncomfortable night in a very dark cave.
Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964), British author and poet, on D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

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