Literary invective: Mark Twain on other authors

  In part 1 of my blog on literary invective I referred to Mark Twain’s comments about Jane Austen: ‘I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me … Every time I read Pride and … Continue reading Literary invective: Mark Twain on other authors

Literary invective: On Jane Austen

  The pen is said to be mightier than the sword and can be particularly denigrating and effective when used by one author against a fellow author. I am indebted to Gary Dexter, editor of Poisoned Pens: Literary invective from Amis to Zola (published by Francis Lincoln) for the following comments on Jane Austen. Mark … Continue reading Literary invective: On Jane Austen