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The Grumpiest Authors in Literary History

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the grumpiest one of all?

From the folks at Flavorwire, a great list of literary curmudgeons.

Here are some highlights:

Literary Grump Exhibit A:

Maurice Sendak

The writer/illustrator of Where the Wild Things Are had this to say of the novelist Salman Rushdie: “That flaccid fuckhead. He reviewed me on a full page in the New York Times, my book Dear Mili. He hated it. He is detestable. I called up the Ayatollah, nobody knows that. What else shall we talk about?”

Literary Grump Exhibit B:

Norman Mailer

The famously pugnacious writer said of long-time nemesis Gore Vidal (I’m beginning to see a trend here): “I’ve had to smell your works from time to time and that has made me an expert in intellectual pollution.”

Literary Grump Exhibit C:

Gertrude Stein

Least it be implied that grumpiness is the exclusive province of men, Gertrude Stein was known to quip, “If you can’t say anything nice about anyone else, come sit next to me.”

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