Author-on-Author Insults Quiz

Author-on-Author Insults Quiz

Created by steph-rose

Not everyone loves the classics! Who hated Pride and Prejudice? What famous author held no love for Alexander Pope's work? Take this eNotes quiz about authorial insults to discover what criticism they flung at each other.

  • Question 1

    About which book did Dorothy Parker say, “This is not a novel to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force”? 

  • Question 2

    "If it were thought that anything I wrote was influenced by Robert Frost, I would take that particular work of mine, shred it, and flush it down the toilet, hoping not to clog the pipes....a more sententious, holding-forth old bore, who expected every hero-worshipping adenoidal little twerp of a student-poet to hang on his every word I never saw." Who delivered this insult?

  • Question 3

    Who did Gustave Flaubert call, "A great cow full of ink"?

  • Question 4

    Who called George Bernard Shaw, "An idiot child screaming in a hospital"?

  • Question 5

    About whom did Vladimir Nabokov say, “I cannot abide [his] souvenir shop style and bottled ships and shell necklaces of romanticist clichés”?

  • Question 6

    ________ once said, “I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”

  • Question 7

    Who said about Elizabeth Barrett Browning, "She and her sex had better mind the kitchen and her children; and perhaps the poor; except in such things as little novels, they only devote themselves to what men do much better, leaving that which men do worse or not at all"?

  • Question 8

    “I hated [Catcher in the Rye]. It took me days to go through it, gingerly, a page at a time, and blushing with embarrassment for him every ridiculous sentence of the way. How can they let him do it?” _______ once said this about J.D. Salinger's work.

  • Question 9

    “He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.”

    “Poor [man]. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?”

    Which authors made this exchange?

  • Question 10

    Who said, “There are two ways of disliking poetry; one way is to dislike it, the other is to read Pope”?

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