Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

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Penguin, Sep 2, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages
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Now the Major Motion Picture Genius, Starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law.

The National Book Award winner from Pulitzer-Prize winning author A. Scott Berg.

 
The talents he nurtured 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 editor but also as critic, career manager, moneylender, 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 genius editor extraordinare—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 the 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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This book was browsed really not read. Perkins aided many famous popular authors such as F Scott Fitzgerald and Earnest Hemingway. I remember his advice to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings who wrote the ... Read full review

Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

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Berg nailed the National Book Award for this portrait of the house of Scribner's legendary editor. Perkins's close, personal relationships with Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe ... Read full review

Contents

The Real Thing
3
Paradise
10
Provenance
24
Branching Out
40
PART THREE
42
A New House
60
Companions
87
A Man of Character
109
Going Home Again
257
Critical Times
275
The Letter
297
A Sad Farewell
322
By the Wind Grieved
337
PART FOUR
357
To Everything a Season
359
Diminutions
389

A Little Honest Help
128
Crises of Confidence
151
Mentor
167
Lamentations
185
The Sexes
204
Triumphs over Time
228
Portrait in Gray and Black
408
A Toss of the Hat
433
52
452
sources AND NOTES
456
INDEx
485
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A. Scott Berg is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of five biographies: Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, winner of the National Book Award; Goldwyn, for which he received a Guggenheim Fellowship; Lindbergh, winner of the Pulitzer Prize; Kate Remembered, his biographical memoir of Katharine Hepburn; and Wilson, the definitive biography of twenty-eighth president Woodrow Wilson.


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