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Date: 31 JANUARY 2019
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Post No. 6013
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Authors Anecdotes

When D’Angeu, a Parisian writer, heard that all rank and merit were threatened with destruction on the breaking out of the Revolution, he exclaimed
Well, come what will, I have Two hundred verbs well conjugated in my escritoire!
escritoire (noun)=a small writing desk with drawers and compartments.


Shaw’s Friends did not like him!

When George Bernard Shaw , as a young man, emerged from his native Ireland and moved to England he began writing a column for a London weekly publication. At that time Oscar Wilde was enjoying his vogue as a wit and epigram maker. One evening an acquaintance, calling upon Wilde, happened upon a copy of the paper to which Shaw was a contributor and reading therein one of Shaw’s characteristic articles which was signed with the authors initials, said to his host,
I say, Wilde, who is this chap G B S, who is doing a department for this sheet?

He is a young Irishman named Shaw, said Wilde.
Rather forceful, isn’t he?
Forceful, echoed the other, well, rather! My word, how he does cut and slash! He doesn’t seem to spare anyone he knows. I should say he is in a fairway to make himself a lot of enemies.

Well, said Wilde, as yet he has not become prominent enough to have enemies. But none of his friends like him.


Soon after Goldsmith’s death, some people dining with Dr Johnson were commenting freely on some parts of Goldsmith’s work , which in their opinion showed neither talent nor originality . To this Dr Johnson listened for some time, when at length his patience being exhausted he arose with great dignity, looked them full in their face, and exclaimed,
If nobody were allowed to abuse poor Goldsmith but those who could write as well, he would have few censors.



Goldsmith and Johnson onetime had an argument on the merits of Warburton, the writer. Goldsmith asserted that Warburton was weak writer. Dr Johnson refuted this saying.

Warburton may be absurd, but he will never be weak; he flounders well.
FLOUNDER (verb)=struggle or stagger clumsily in mud or water.



Somebody told Jerrold that a friend of his, a prolific writer, was about to dedicate a book to him
Ah! Replied Jerrold gravely, that is an awful weapon he has in his hands!


Barry Cornwall tells how he once said something in Lambs presence which he thought possessed some smartness.
Lamb commended him with a stammer ,
Very well, my dear boy, very well. Ben ( taking a pinch of snuff). Ben Johnson has said worse than that, and b b b better.