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Max Perkins: Editor of Genius Paperback – June 7, 2016
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The man who invented the modern profession of book editing finally got his due, 31 years after his death, when this revelatory biography appeared. A. Scott Berg's detailed explication of Maxwell Perkins's work on the manuscripts of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and a host of other important American writers shows how much the Scribner's editor contributed to their books, all the while maintaining that he only helped his authors find the best in themselves. This 1978 National Book Award winner is a thorough, carefully considered account of a seminal period in American publishing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“A highly readable work of literary history.”—The New York Times Book Review
“Berg has told this story unobtrusively and with great feeling, and he has (perhaps just in the nick of time) rescued Perkins from permanent obscurity.”—The Atlantic
“[An] exhaustive, penetrating, and wholly satisfying biography...Scrupulous, thoughtful, touching, memorable, and eminently rewarding.”—Jonathan Yardley, The Miami Herald
“Talented, intelligent, and marvelously researched...A work that does honor to the subject.”—Chicago Tribune
“Berg’s whole narrative is first-rate—filled with humor and feeling. Max would have published it in a minute.”—Newsweek
“Although Perkins would have been embarrassed by the attention, Berg’s tribute would have touched him.”—Time
“A book about Maxwell Perkins? Of course! Why didn’t someone think of it before?...Berg has done very well...It’s a fascinating and illuminating story.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“As complete a Max Perkins as we will ever need. It’s an extraordinary vivid portrait.”—Webster Schott, The Washington Post Book World
“Perkins turns out to have been as fascinating, dark, complex, and sad as any of his golden boys. A lovely book about the age of giants and the extraordinary man in the shadows behind them.”—Russell Baker
“Max Perkins was the best of the best. This book brings him back alive.”—Erskine Caldwell
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