The pen is truly mightier than the sword in this collection of more than
a hundred digs, jabs, and outright put-downs from the world's most
respected writers, about-each other! Vicious Nonsense reveals the
acerbic side of beloved authors who became brutal critics when writing
about their fellow wordsmiths. James Baldwin writes on Langston Hughes,
"Every time I read Langston Hughes I am amazed all over again by his
genuine gifts-and depressed that he has done so little with them..."
Dorothy Parker spares no love for Gertrude Stein: "To quote the only
line of Gertrude Stein's which I have ever been able to understand, 'It
is wonderful how I am not interested.'" Curated from letters, essays,
and reviews, this sometimes stinging, sometimes good-natured, and always
delightful collection will ignite the armchair critic in us all.