We writers have a mission. In a world where mediocrity is rammed down our throats by advertisers and where the internet is awash with lies and ugliness, we stand united in our struggle for excellence, truth and beauty.
Er, no. Writers sometimes reserve their sharpest skills for being spectacularly rude about other writers. Here are some classic literary put-downs – by great authors about great books (nonentities being rude about lesser books is a lot less funny).