Pen is not only mightier than a sword, it can oftentimes be bitchier.
Some quotes follows below of how authors, novelists and poets think of each other. It makes fascinating reading.
Any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen.
– Mark Twain
“If Mr. Clemens (Mark Twain) cannot think of something better to tell our pure-minded lads and lasses,he had best stop writing for them.” (concerning Twain’s Huckleberry Finn)
– Louisa May Alcott
People will accept your ideas much more readily if you tell them Benjamin Franklin said it first.
– David H Comins
Legend has it that Gioachino Rossinoi (of The Barber of Seville) was passionate about food. He had a recipe for macaroni that was so divine that it rivaled his glorious music. Alexander Dumas, who spent the later days of his life compiling the ultimate recipe book, heard of Rossini’s macaroni. He asked Rossini if he could include the recipe for the macaroni in his book. Rossini invited Dumas to his house. Rossini made a great effort to make the macaroni even better than perfect. But when Dumas arrived he said he never ate macaroni and was only after the recipe. Rossini was not impressed and refused to give Dumas the macaroni recipe. Sadly the recipe is lost for posterity.