Guest Post: Famous Writers’ Insults

Guest Post by: AussieWriter

Famous writers are humans with their own weaknesses and peculiarities. And sometimes they can’t resist the temptation to insult their colleagues. It’s difficult to say was it mostly because of personal reasons or professional ones. But all in all, great writers remain creative even in sharing these insulting characteristics. This infographic from AussieWriter depicts some of the most figurative among them.


Heart of Darkness

I’ve taken the year and 8 months allowed to complete the correspondence course for British Literature from Indiana University.  Sure, I probably could have taken it at Oakland University for cheaper (after all my extensions!) and a shorter semester (4 months opposed to 1 year, 8 months), but the class was a challenge for me with the sheer number of pages to be read.  Yesterday I turned in my last essay, for Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and have scheduled my final exam for this Sunday afternoon.  I am cutting it close on the deadline, but since I can’t turn back the clock, there isn’t much I can do about it.

I believe I could have liked Heart of Darkness if Conrad hadn’t written the entire thing as a monologue, with quotes beginning every paragraph.  The character, Marlow, was narrating a story to a group of friends and on occasion his speeches went off on tangents.  Not to mention the difficulty in trying to quote (in my essay) what another character said!  I had to use so many quotation marks, I easily confused the grammar check in Word (myself included!).  In my opinion, there were details when it wasn’t necessary and no details when there should have been.  And although I had to accept the novel based on the time and place it was written, I did not like seeing the frequency in which the n-word appeared (a racial slur for a person with dark/black/brown skin).