Gravestone epitaphs: Poets and writers

I have often found the epitaphs on gravestones and tombs that go beyond the simple details of name, life span, and relationships more interesting, and sometimes poignant, when they cover details of their life and fame. Following are some of those for poets and writers. Joseph Conrad (Canterbury, England) Sleep after toyle, port after stormie … Continue reading Gravestone epitaphs: Poets and writers

Authors’ quotations on writing: What do writers think of their craft?

I have discussed previously authors’ quotations about each other – sometimes derogatory – but how do they and others regard the craft of writing? Here are a few of the more humorous ones. “The covers of this book are too far apart.” (Ambrose Bierce) “That’s not writing, it’s typing.” (Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac) “Coleridge … Continue reading Authors’ quotations on writing: What do writers think of their craft?

Authors attack! What they think of each other

Some while ago I wrote about Mark Twain’s opinion of Jane Austen and other authors, but what do other authors and critics think of him and each other? The comments are hardly of glowing admiration. On Mark Twain “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” (Ernest Hemingway) “A … Continue reading Authors attack! What they think of each other