Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Sep 2, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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The National Book Award winner from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, A. Scott Berg.

The talents he nurtured as an editor were known worldwide: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and numerous others. But Maxwell Perkins remained a mystery, a backstage presence who served these authors not only as book editor extraordinaire but also as critic, career manager, money-lender, psychoanalyst, father-confessor, and friend.

This outstanding biography, a winner of the National Book Award, is the first to explore the fascinating life of this editor extraordinaire—in both the professional and personal domains. It tells not only of Perkin’s stormy marriage, endearing eccentricities, and secret twenty-five-year romance with Elizabeth Lemmon, but also of his intensely intimate relationships with leading literary lights of the twentieth century. It is, in the words of Newsweek, "an admirable biography of a wholly admirable man."


  

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Review: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

User Review  - Lynne Fort - Goodreads

This book is a lot more than a dry history of a man who worked with remarkable writers. It is a beautifully written book in itself. It details the psychological struggles of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and ... Read full review

Review: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

User Review  - Phredric - Goodreads

I'm quite conflicted about this book. I liked the sections about his work and his relationships with the likes of F. Scot Fitzgerald etc, and I'm okay with the board strokes of his private life but ... Read full review

Contents

I THE REAL THING
II PARADISE
III PROVENANCE
IV BRANCHING OUT
V A NEW HOUSE
VI COMPANIONS
VII A MAN OF CHARACTER
VIII A LITTLE HONEST HELP
XIII TRIUMPHS OVER TIME
XIV GOING HOME AGAIN
XV CRITICAL TIMES
XVI THE LETTER
XVII A SAD FAREWELL
XVIII BY THE WIND GRIEVED
XIX TO EVERYTHING A SEASON
XX DIMINUTIONS

IX CRISES OF CONFIDENCE
X MENTOR
XI LAMENTATIONS
XII THE SEXES
XXI PORTRAIT IN GRAY AND BLACK
XXII A TOSS OF THE HAT
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About the author (2008)

A. Scott Berg is the author of four bestselling biographies: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, winner of the National Book Award; Goldwyn; Lindbergh, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; and Kate Remembered. He lives in Los Angeles.

His new book, Wilson, a biography of President Woodrow Wilson, will be available Fall 2013 from Putnam Books.

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