Max Perkins: Editor of Genius

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Simon and Schuster, Aug 1, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 496 pages
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The talents Maxwell Perkins nurtured were known worldwide: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe among numerous others. But the man himself remained a mystery, a backstage presence who served these authors not only as editor but as critic, career manager, moneylender, psychoanalyst, 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 professional and personal domains. It tells not only of Perkins' stormy marriage 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.

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User Review  - Frank_Juliano - LibraryThing

Editor of Genius indeed A. Scott Berg's biography of Max Perkins, the editor of Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, shows how some of the greatest American novels of the 20th century were shaped by his skill, patience, and Perkins' own remarkable talent. Read full review

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User Review  - Bruce_Deming - LibraryThing

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


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A. Scott Berg was born in Norwalk, Connecticut on December 4, 1949. He became fascinated with novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald while he was in high school. Berg even went so far as to attend Princeton University, from which he graduated in 1971, mainly because it was Fitzgerald's alma mater. While studying 20th-century literature at Princeton, Berg noticed that one name - that of editor Max Perkins - kept coming up in connection with authors such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Wolfe. He decided to base his senior thesis on Max Perkins. Berg's research on Perkins continued for several years after graduation, eventually culminating in the 1978 publication of Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, which received the American Book Award. His other works include Goldwyn: A Biography and Kate Remembered, He also made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2013 for his title Wilson. Lindbergh won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography in 1998. He also wrote the story for a film entitled Making Love (1982).

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