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    I read this about twelve years ago when I was enamoured with Scott and Zelda and harboured ambitions myself of becoming an editor Max Perkins discovered Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Tom Wolfe, among others and was their editor and friend This is a fabulous biography of a truly admirable man and editor and a wonderful period in American letters lots of great anecdotes about Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wolfe Last night I watched the film Genius about Perkins relationship with Thomas Wolfe a I read this about twelve years ago when I was enamoured with Scott and Zelda and harboured ambitions myself of becoming an editor Max Perkins discovered Scott Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Tom Wolfe, among others and was their editor and friend This is a fabulous biography of a truly admirable man and editor and a wonderful period in American letters lots of great anecdotes about Fitzgerald, Hemingway and Wolfe Last night I watched the film Genius about Perkins relationship with Thomas Wolfe and loved it So pleased Max Perkins has been honoured on the big screen And surprised just how good Jude Law was as Tom Wolfe


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    I am definitely one of those people who can t not finish a book, no matter how distasteful I find it to be, if it is work of fiction Nonfiction, on the other hand, I tend to find really fascinating but less engaging and I usually end up getting distracted by a new novel while attempting to read history, biography, philosophy or theory A Scott Berg s biography of Max Perkins, though, is such an insightful, lyrical, and just plain fun work that I found myself as deeply engrossed as I would be i I am definitely one of those people who can t not finish a book, no matter how distasteful I find it to be, if it is work of fiction Nonfiction, on the other hand, I tend to find really fascinating but less engaging and I usually end up getting distracted by a new novel while attempting to read history, biography, philosophy or theory A Scott Berg s biography of Max Perkins, though, is such an insightful, lyrical, and just plain fun work that I found myself as deeply engrossed as I would be in any juicy new novel Berg s fluid prose is a joy to read, as are his thoughtful interviews and the artfully excerpted correspondences littered throughout His account of the life of Max Perkins, the soft spoken self effacing visionary who edited the likes of Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe is so vibrant and full of fun literary gossip that it is damn near impossible to put down It is a great read for young fools like myself who made the ill informed decision to enter the thankless world of publishing after college, as it serves as a reminder that there are or at least, were brilliant editors out there who strive to nurture talent and bring exciting new voices to the public Perkins s devotion to his authors often at the expensive of his wallet see Fitzgerald , his pride see Hemingway , and even his mental health see Tom Wolfe is touching and inspiring I also highly recommend this bio to anyone else in publishing who has been laid off in the recent purges at the big houses and is bemoaning the impending death knell of print culture, as reading about Scribner s and their financial woes during the Great Depression and how they pulled out of it gives one a probably false, but hey sense of hope


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    Perkins told one of his daughters, The greatest feeling is to go to bed tired Bedtime had always been Perkins s favorite time of day, those few minutes just before falling asleep when he could steer his dreams In those final moments of wakefulness Maxwell Perkins recurringly transported himself back to Russia in 1812 the scene of his favorite book, War and Peace Night after night his mind filled with visions of Napoleon s army retreating from Moscow in the frost and early winter snow O Perkins told one of his daughters, The greatest feeling is to go to bed tired Bedtime had always been Perkins s favorite time of day, those few minutes just before falling asleep when he could steer his dreams In those final moments of wakefulness Maxwell Perkins recurringly transported himself back to Russia in 1812 the scene of his favorite book, War and Peace Night after night his mind filled with visions of Napoleon s army retreating from Moscow in the frost and early winter snow On mornings in Vermont after Tolstoi s characters had paraded before him, he insisted that his dreams werevivid and that he sleptsoundly in Windsor, his summer retreat, than anywhere else I had forgotten that there was no developmental editing at Scribner s until Max Perkins arrived in the early 20th century A lot of the job at that time was simply proof reading galleys for typos and missing commas Perkins was the pioneer of developmental editing i.e he went beyond grammar punctuation correction and assisted authors in shaping their work This was not co authoring, but showing the writer where he or she could improve their work including cuts and sharing ideas for the writers to act on.Unfortunately the era of developmental editing is over I see it all the time in contemporary fiction and non fiction passages and tangents that should be cut and other problems that defend the books from being read.As my long time friend and coauthor likes to observe Max Perkins is dead


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    A fascinating story that is about the authors of Max Perkins as much as it is a biography of Perkins himself I think the book would be of interest to anyone who enjoys biography, but it s also an important read for writers, editors, and students of writing and literature.As for me, the nature of biography is to cover absurd amounts of information, and this biography s nature was especially complicated due to the fact that Perkins lived through his authors and so their stories must be told to el A fascinating story that is about the authors of Max Perkins as much as it is a biography of Perkins himself I think the book would be of interest to anyone who enjoys biography, but it s also an important read for writers, editors, and students of writing and literature.As for me, the nature of biography is to cover absurd amounts of information, and this biography s nature was especially complicated due to the fact that Perkins lived through his authors and so their stories must be told to elucidate his I struggled with the chronology of the book, which unnecessarily exploded each chapter with dozens of characters of varying levels of consequence Still, very interesting and often amusing


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    This biography was incredible Berg is my favorite biographer He made the life of a bookish editor interesting, and he not only taught me about Perkin s life, but about how an editor can forge an intense relationship with a writer, taking that writer s talent and focusing it and nurturing his writing so that what emerges is a great American novel Perkins did this for F Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, Thomas Wolf s You Can t Go Home Again, and many other classic American authors After This biography was incredible Berg is my favorite biographer He made the life of a bookish editor interesting, and he not only taught me about Perkin s life, but about how an editor can forge an intense relationship with a writer, taking that writer s talent and focusing it and nurturing his writing so that what emerges is a great American novel Perkins did this for F Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby, Thomas Wolf s You Can t Go Home Again, and many other classic American authors After I read this book, I wanted to read all the books the Berg dissects in this fascinating analysis of the creative process between author and editor


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    Masterful Everything a literary biography should be Plenty of supported facts to provide a skeleton and just enough speculation to round out the bony frame without bloating it with wildly improbable and exploitative conjecture It came as little surprise to learn that A Scott Berg was a student of Carlos Baker It has taken me a long time to get around to learning about the man who was instrumental to the successful careers of Hemingway and Fitzgerald He is quietly fascinating and I was very Masterful Everything a literary biography should be Plenty of supported facts to provide a skeleton and just enough speculation to round out the bony frame without bloating it with wildly improbable and exploitative conjecture It came as little surprise to learn that A Scott Berg was a student of Carlos Baker It has taken me a long time to get around to learning about the man who was instrumental to the successful careers of Hemingway and Fitzgerald He is quietly fascinating and I was very moved by the story of his relationship with Thomas Wolfe Wolfe is an author that hasn t pinged my radar at all before this but I m chomping at the bit to read him now I came to this book at this time in anticipation of the movie based on this book due out this summer I m devastated now that I know about Wolfe, to learn that Jude Law will play this role That s just wrong Colin Firth as Max doesn t seem like it will work on paper but Colin Firth doesn t work on paper and I ve loved everything I ve ever seen him in I m hopeful I teared up a little as I finished the book even though I knew how it was going to end Is that a spoiler Sorry about that Read the book anyway


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    Bibliography about thomas wolfe , who is genius inspired the works of many other authors and also inspired me in different way he do incredible efforts in writing.Unfortunately , this greatest man is not famous as deserve


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    A great biography about one of the unsung heroes of modernist literature Although Perkins is the most famous fiction editor in known history sorry, Gordon Lish , little about his personal life and character was widely known before Berg s eminently readable bio Perkins was a Victorian through and through, so he can come off as a little stodgy, but he was devoted to his writers The famous trifecta of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Wolfe get a lot of attention, of course though those familiar wit A great biography about one of the unsung heroes of modernist literature Although Perkins is the most famous fiction editor in known history sorry, Gordon Lish , little about his personal life and character was widely known before Berg s eminently readable bio Perkins was a Victorian through and through, so he can come off as a little stodgy, but he was devoted to his writers The famous trifecta of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Wolfe get a lot of attention, of course though those familiar with their many, many too many biographies may find some of the stories well trod Instead, it s the lesser known authors and books THE YEARLING, for example or the books Perkins DIDN T land for Scribner s Bruce Barton s THE MAN NOBODY KNOWS that make for the most interesting tales Berg s bios of Lindbergh and Kate Hepburn are now better known, but this was the one that made him the big cheese in this genre


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    Max Perkins was the classic example of a fine book editor, discovering and developing such talents as F Scott Fitgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, Taylor Caldwell, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, James Jones, and many others Always putting the writer first, he deflected personal publicity in favour of working behind the scenes His own life, however, was as distinctly fascinating as any of his authors and had secret sides to it A Scott Berg does a masterful job of peeling back the layers of Max Perkins was the classic example of a fine book editor, discovering and developing such talents as F Scott Fitgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, Taylor Caldwell, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, James Jones, and many others Always putting the writer first, he deflected personal publicity in favour of working behind the scenes His own life, however, was as distinctly fascinating as any of his authors and had secret sides to it A Scott Berg does a masterful job of peeling back the layers of a man who was as reserved as he was brilliant A great read BH


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    I accidentally stumbled upon a book of correspondence between Max Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on a for sale shelve at a local library I wanted something to read during my lunch hour so I popped over to the public library and bought some of their books for a dime a piece I was not much interested in the book Dear Max, Dear Marjorie , but, heck, it was a nice, thick hard cover with an undamaged dust jacket for a dime.Those occurrences are called serendipity It was a tremendous fin I accidentally stumbled upon a book of correspondence between Max Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings on a for sale shelve at a local library I wanted something to read during my lunch hour so I popped over to the public library and bought some of their books for a dime a piece I was not much interested in the book Dear Max, Dear Marjorie , but, heck, it was a nice, thick hard cover with an undamaged dust jacket for a dime.Those occurrences are called serendipity It was a tremendous find Not only have I developed an interest in the author of The Yearling a book I never cared to read, but now will I learned about the man who pretty much discovered and shaped the authors who made the face of 20th century American literature.Max Perkins was the editor for Scribner s Magazine and book publishing company from 1910 until the the day of his death in 1947.Max Perkins Editor of Genius is a biography of his life A Scott Berg deftly describes the life of this stoic, at times eccentric man who discovered F Scott Fitzgerald, turned Thomas Wolfe Look Homeward, Angel into a comprehensible writer, and edited the likes of Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Ring Lardner, and, of course, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings In fact, The Yearling the story of a young boy in central Florida s Cracker community, coming of age and learning about the hardships of life and death while trying to care for a fawn and raise it to a deer was Perkins idea and at his encouragment, Rawlings wrote the book which won her a Pulitzer and made her world famous.Through this book we see Perkins relationship with all of these authors and , and likewise, learn quite a bit about them as well The book balances Perkins personal life and professional one, although his professional life often crossed over he was the father Wolfe never knew the counselor Fitzgerald desperately turned to as his life fell apart, and Hemingway s drinking buddy It was Perkins patience and encouragement that kept many an author from giving up and all of us benefit as we read the works of these timeless classic writers.Berg reveals the fascinating persona of this enigmatic man I relished it from start to finish


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