from Rotten Reviews edited by Bill Henderson:

A Doll’s House:  “It was as though someone had dramatized the cooking of Sunday dinner.” Clement Scott, Sporting and Dramatic News, 1889(The two angles of the “News” certainly leave room for speculation).  My favorite comment from another (male) IB examiner: “If I hear that door slam just one more time….”

On Hemingway:  “It is of course a commonplace that Hemingway lack the serene confidence that he is a full-sized man.”  Max Eastman, New Republic, 1933

On Ezra Pound:  “A village explainer, excellent if you were a village, but if you were not, not.”  Gertrude Stein, Dictionary of Biographical Quotation, 1978