1. Ernest Hemingway, according to Vladimir Navokov (1972)
As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early ‘forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it.
Diamonds, emeralds, rubies of wit and wile – all the brighter for their slick and sickly coat of venom.
[Missing however, is my favorite, if the absolute meanest thing anyone ever said, by one of the meanest ladies – she taught at Bard and was notorious: “Every word she writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the’.” Mary McCarthy on Lillian Hellman.
Hat tip to Sara Sugihara. Posted by Jon Owen.