5 legendary literary feuds you will be surprised to know about

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In 2005, issues between Rushdie and Updike became somewhat heated when the latter reviewed the former’s ‘Shalimar the Clown’, where he wrote, “Why, oh why, Salman Rushdie … called one of his main characters Maximilian O’Fulls?”

Rushdie reacted angrily: “” A name is just a name. ‘Why, why’ …? ‘ Well, why not? There’s probably a male prostitute somewhere in Las Vegas named John Updike. “

Rushdie did not stop there. Criticizing Updike’s most recent novel, Terrorist, he said it was “horrible. He should stay in his narrow neighborhood and write about wife-swapping, because that’s what he can do.”

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