Here's what I found while trawling the internet in search of diversion. Over and under-rated authors, a list the Times Literary Supplement published in 1977.
I enjoyed this a lot - even though I have never heard of one of the commenters listed (Mary Douglas). Another, Anthony Powell, would himself appear on my own list of totally over-rated authors.
To summarise what I found most satisfying, here are some extracts from the complete article. The pictures are added by me.
the six novels of Barbara Pym published between 1950 and 1961 which give an unrivalled picture of a small section of middle-class post-war England. She has a unique eye and ear for the small poignancies and comedies of everyday life.
D. H. Lawrence’s Women in Love. This is not intended to mean that I think Miss Pym a better novelist than Mr Lawrence, but Women in Love has always seemed to me the least readable of his novels: boring, turgid, mechanical, ugly, and dominated by the kind of deathly will-power that elsewhere Lawrence always attacked. I seem to remember that Middleton Murry felt the same way about it.
Yupp - totally agree with just about every word of both these paragraphs.
Overrated and underrated: the Bible.
Dylan, so off the wall as ever .... Picture, just because I love Bob Dylan
Hugh Trevor-Roper (historian)
Leaving aside the great charlatans, like André Malraux and Teilhard de Chardin, who are hors concours, I consider the whole Bloomsbury group—excepting only J. M. Keynes—to be the most overrated literary phenomenon of our times. Above all, Lytton Strachey: Strachey who has recently been accorded a two-volume biography, and whose only achievement was to trivialize history, to empty it of its real content and meaning, in order to raise a few complacent titters from the radical chic of his time.
Picture - Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf
This one is more complex...
I love the analysis, sharply incisive, well-written, and I agree that generally the Bloomsbury Group are over-rated. I do, however, make an exception for Virginia Woolf. She was a radical feminist, a wonderful sister, a thoughtful and insecure person .... And could put it all down in words, so effortlessly articulate.... Yes, I can always find something to interest me when I pick up a book by or about Virgina Woolf.
So, now, having cheered myself up, I am ready to return to normal cheerful and active state of mind.