from Thomas Pynchon
's The Crying of Lot 49
referring to Richard Wharfinger
, author of the fictional Elizabethan b-play The Courier's Tragedy
The play is a poorly written, confusing drama that seems, from the brief plot outline in the book, like Hamlet turned out as soon as the monkeys were finished.
The full contents of the quote are as follows:
"You came to talk about the play," he said. "Let me discourage you. It was written to entertain people. Like horror movies. It isn't literature, it doesn't mean anything. Wharfinger was no Shakespeare."