Famous Literary Spats: Background information when reading The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

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The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

by Kristopher Jansma

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards
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    Mar 2013, 272 pages
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    Feb 2014, 272 pages

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Famous Literary Spats

When famous figures spar, their words become part of the public record, particularly when those quarrelling are popular writers.

Ernest HemingwayErnest Hemingway, for example, was notorious for his antagonistic relationship with many of his contemporaries. While once close, he had a disagreement with his mentor Gertrude Stein over their differing opinions of Sherwood Anderson's works. As the friendship deteriorated, Stein published an unflattering portrait of Hemingway in The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Hemingway countered with A Moveable Feast, in which he criticized Stein's writing for its use of "repetitions that a more conscientious and less lazy writer would have put in the waste basket."

William Faulkner was also critical of Hemingway. He famously stated, "He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." Hemingway retorted, "Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?"

Hemingway's feud with F. Scott Fitzgerald had been...

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