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Great Works Of Friction: Legendary Literary Feuds

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Ernest Hemingway never shied away from a literary feud
Ernest Hemingway never shied away from a literary feud

Feuding, fighting and fisticuffs are not things we normally associate with literary types.

More often we think of someone sat at a desk covered in paper, curtains billowing in the wind beside an open window looking out on to rolling hilltops, their hands stained with ink.

Well, think again. Often over the years, those ink stains have been blood stains - metaphorical or otherwise - as authors and poets who have lost their rag and filled literary circles with ill-manners, crossed words or worse.

Often the clashes came about because of a harsh review or two, but equally there are instances where betrayals, lies and accusations of adultery have come between men and women of letters.

To celebrate these moments, we’ve dished the dirt on the most poisonous literary feuds in history...

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