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Brief History of Authors vs. Critics

Following yesterday’s posts about authors confronting critics on the Internet, Salon.com writer Mary Elizabeth Williams published a fascinating history of the critic-bashing genre.

The story collected of other notable literary feuds from the 21st Century: Dave Eggersemail exchange with a NY Times reporter, Caleb Carr‘s angry words about a Salon review, and Stanley Crouch‘s confrontation with a well-known critic.

Finally, in a follow-up post Williams noted that author Ayelet Waldman had left an angry Twitter post about a recent review she received in The New Yorker: “May Jill Lepore rot in hell. That is all.” GalleyCat grabbed that screenshot from Waldman’s Twitter feed:

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