Dale Peck

Famous Literary Truces: Epic Feuds That Fizzled

This week, the literary world was abuzz with the news of the reconciliation of Salman Rushdie and John le Carr√© after fifteen years of enmity, though we have to admit, we’re a little disappointed. You just don’t get that many good literary feuds these days, what with all the excessive apologizing and proper behavior (or maybe it’s just that there’s not enough drinking), and Rushdie is one of the last living writers ready for a dust-up, even if it’s just with¬†Facebook. Still, we know our mothers would tell us that it’s better to be friends than enemies, so after the jump, we present a short list of famous literary feuds that went sweet and ended in truces. Click through to get the warm and fuzzies, and let us know who we missed in the comments. … Read More

  • 5

A Few of Our Favorite Author vs. Critic Dustups

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed bibendum, sem eu semper laoreet, magna tellus scelerisque odio, sed viverra purus mi at nisl. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Sed posuere faucibus tortor at accumsan. Donec lobortis aliquam mi nec sodales. Fusce in nisl quam, at… Read More

  • 5

10 Notorious Literary Spats

Patrick Kingsley recently wrote in The Guardian about “poisonous literary feuds” and the peacemakers who could broker a truce. We ran a post on the subject last year, but thought we would do an international list of troublemakers this time around. We’d also like to honor the man who racked up the most hours feuding with his literary colleagues: Norman Mailer. Writers today generally aren’t as venomous toward each other (although maybe Colson Whitehead would disagree after his salivary encounter with Richard Ford). We have to agree with Mailer’s proclamation on The Dick Cavett Show: “I’m going to be the champ until one of you knocks me off.” … Read More

  • 17
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,970 other followers