“My God, what a clumsy olla putrida James Joyce is! Nothing but old fags and cabbage stumps of quotations from the Bible and the rest stewed in the juice of deliberate, journalistic dirty-mindedness.” — D.H. Lawrence on James Joyce

Dubliners, James Joyce

James Joyce



“[Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.” — Virginia Woolf

”[Ulysses] is a revolting record of a disgusting phase of civilisation; but it is a truthful one; and I should like to put a cordon around Dublin; round up every male person in it between the ages of 15 and 30; force them to read it; and ask them whether on reflection they could see anything amusing in all that foul mouthed, foul minded derision and obscenity.” — George Bernard Shaw

Ulysses, James Joyce

James Joyce



“Filth. Nothing but obscenities.” — Joseph Conrad on D.H. Lawrence

Women in Love, David Herbert Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence

Women in Love


“A village explainer. Excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.” — Gertrude Stein on Ezra Pound

Delphi Poetical Works of Ezra Pound, Ezra Pound

Ezra Pound

Delphi Poetical Works of Ezra Pound

“Dostoevky’s lack of taste, his monotonous dealings with persons suffering with pre-Freudian complexes, the way he has of wallowing in the tragic misadventures of human dignity — all this is difficult to admire.” — Vladimir Nabokov on Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Crime and Punishment


“That's not writing, it's typing." — Truman Capote on Jack Kerouac

The Dharma Bums, Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac

The Dharma Bums


“A hack writer who would not have been considered a fourth rate in Europe, who tricked out a few of the old proven 'sure-fire' literary skeletons with sufficient local colour to intrigue the superficial and the lazy.” — William Faulkner on Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


“His vast paragraphs sweat and struggle ... And all for tales of nothingness … It is leviathan retrieving pebbles. It is a magnificent but painful hippopotamus resolved at any cost, even at the cost of its dignity, upon picking up a pea which has got into a corner of its den.” — H.G. Wells on Henry James

The Turn of the Screw, Henry James

Henry James

The Turn of the Screw


“…the king of nincompoops, the prince of the superficial, the anti-artist, the spokesman of janitresses, the Father Gigone of the editors of Siecle.” — Charles Baudelaire on Voltaire

Philosophical Letters, Voltaire


Philosophical Letters

“An idiot child screaming in the hospital." — H.G. Wells on George Bernard Shaw

Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw



“An unmanly sort of man whose love-life seems to have been largely confined to crying in laps and playing mouse.” — W.H. Auden on Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe, Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Complete Stories of Edgar Allan Poe


"The awful Whitman. This post-mortem poet. This poet with the private soul leaking out of him all the time. All his privacy leaking out in a sort of dribble, oozing into the universe." — D.H. Lawrence on Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman

Leaves of Grass


“Wordsworth was a tea-time bore, the great Frost of literature, the verbose, the humourless, the platitudinary reporter of Nature in her dullest moods. Open him at any page: and there lies the English language...in a large, sultry, and unhygienic box. Degutted and desouled.” — Dylan Thomas on William Wordsworth

Favorite Poems, William Wordsworth

“I am reading Proust for the first time. Very poor stuff. I think he was mentally defective.” — Evelyn Waugh on Marcel Proust

Within a Budding Grove, Marcel Proust

Marcel Proust

Within a Budding Grove


“I am reading Proust for the first time. Very poor stuff. I think he was mentally defective.” — Evelyn Waugh

Marcel Proust
Swan­n's Way

Marcel Proust

Swann's Way


“Here are Johnny Keats' piss-a-bed poetry, and three novels by God knows whom... No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don't I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the driveling idiotism of the Mankind.” — Lord Byron on John Jeats

Endymion / A Poetic Romance, John Keats

John Keats

Endymion / A Poetic Romance


"A great cow full of ink." — Gustave Flaubert on George Sand

Lavinia, George Sand

“[There] is no eminent writer...whom I can despise so entirely as I despise Shakespeare. The intensity of my impatience with him occasionally reaches such a pitch, that it would positively be a relief to me to dig him up and throw stones at him.” — George Bernard Shaw on William Shakespeare

Macbeth, William Shakespeare

“He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.” — William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway

3 Short Stories And 10 Poems, Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

3 Short Stories And 10 Poems

“Miss Austen’s novels . . . seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world." — Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen

Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Pride And Prejudice

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