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Vladimir Nabokov to Ernest Hemingway
Everybody loved to tear down Hemingway. Actually, Nabokov was famous for tearing apart lots of writers that others canonized. On Dostoevsky: "Dostoevsky is not a great writer, but a rather mediocre one-with flashes of excellent humor, but, alas, with wastelands of literary platitudes in between." I mean, the man had strong opinions, you know? But his put-down of Hemingway is harsh and dismissive. The perfect, stinging criticism.
"As to Hemingway, I read him for the first time in the early 'forties, something about bells, balls and bulls, and loathed it."