Peace Is Possible, at Least Between Literary Greats

Rushdie v. le Carré, Naipaul vs. Theroux, etc.: great moments in authors feuding and then making up

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This week, the literary world was abuzz with the news of the reconciliation of Salman Rushdie and John le Carré after fifteen years of enmity, though I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed. You just don't get that many good literary feuds these days, what with all the excessive apologizing and proper behavior (or maybe it's just that there's not enough drinking), and Rushdie is one of the last living writers ready for a dust-up, even if it's just with Facebook. Still, common wisdom says that it's better to be friends than enemies. So below, I present a short list of famous literary feuds that went sweet and ended in truces.

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