Poisoned Pens

    Poisoned Pens

    Literary Invective from Amis to Zola

    Gary Dexter

    Frances Lincoln 2009

    Hardback 240pp

    9780711229297   Product Code: 99680

    'Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and hit her over the head with her own shin bone' - such was Mark Twain's regard for Jane Austen's writing prowess. Similarly acrimonious sentiments fill this entertaining compendium of literary backbiting, from Thomas de Quincey's low opinion of Homer to the cut and thrust of modern reviewing with Bevis Hillier v. AN Wilson.

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