Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell E. Perkins

Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell E. PerkinsThe patience Mr Perkins had!
A massive work covering Perkins' correspondence from 19151947, occasionally including lengthy notes dressing a letter's context and footnotes regarding specific references therein. Correspondents include F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Hemmingway, and many more — some notable, some forgotten. I casually skipped around these, finding the rejection letters or negative feedback to be perhaps the most interesting. Maxwell Perkins was an amazing editor. There's no doubt about that. And these letters offer a view into his mind that is wonderful to see (though I will admit that it took me awhile to get through them as one can only read so many of them at a time). They cover a span of some thirty years of his career and highlight his correspondence with authors including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe. And while the relationships Perkins had with his authors varied, naturally, there's a great deal of respect and friendship to be found. Praise, constructive criticism, encouragement, and genuine feeling are in each one of his letters to them. Sometimes copious amounts of handholding too.

Of course, there are also letter to people who have written in to complain or condemn Perkins and/or Scribner's for publishing certain books—some of Perkins's responses are pretty amusing too, as he expounds on his views regarding free speech and censorship, effectively dismissing the arguments of people who sometimes haven't even read the works they're condemning. There are also some letters rejecting manuscripts—which never get too harsh but are always honest. Unfortunately, the names have been redacted in all of these types of letters, because it would certainly be interesting to know to whom they're addressed. (This collection of letters, however, was published in 1950, so perhaps it wouldn't have been such a good idea to include the names after all...)

The time frame in which these letters were written (1914–1947) was an extraordinarily tumultuous one, and the social, economical, political, and cultural changes that took place during those years are also reflected here and there, as they relate to the state of publishing and to life in general. As a literary man, Perkins often compares things—from the eighteenth amendment to the outbreak of wars—to the debate between Erasmus and Luther or the works of Tolstoy—War and Peace in particular. It's quite revealing.

Perkins's insights into publishing, editing, and writing are intelligent, thoughtful, and fascinating to read. He was a humble man with great talent of his own and a simple eloquence—I can only hope to one day have a fraction of his gifts or successes, but I definitely felt a kinship with his attitude and approach to his craft. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This book, for me, captures the essence of the golden era of American publishing and American literature. Such clear, clean, beautiful prose filled with good advice for authors, publishers and readers, alike! Perkin's always left choices up to the author, but never minced words when pointing them in a different direction to help better craft (and sell) their writing. In one of the early letters to F. Scott Fitzgerald he cautions 'Scott' to not rush publication of his book before the "publisher's travelers" can sell to bookstores, and before publicity could be properly arranged. Any bookstore buyer or salesrep would appreciate Perkin's admonishments against 'crashing' a new book! The respectful praise with which Perkin's guides his authors is inspiring me to reread the greats such as Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Rawlings,and Wolfe, as well as to discover those I've never read like Marcia Davenport and Caroline Gordon. I happily rediscovered Stark Young, also published by Scribner and edited by Perkins, and learned of other novels by him, aside from Heaven Trees. That was a little gem I discovered at the library years ago, but have since lost track of his other work. I'll be haunting the virtual and actual bookstacks of used bookstores soon! Mere coincidence that Scribner's editor Maxwell Perkins happened to discover/edit some of America's finest modern authors, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Erskine Caldwell? I think not, although Perkins preferred to downplay his role. Unlike children who should be "seen and not heard," he wrote that editors should be "neither seen nor heard." This is the perfect book for understanding Perkins' relationship with Charles Scribner's Sons authors. I found myself crossreferencing some letters to a few of the author's autobiographical material. An interesting historical exercise.

The crossreferencing was done during a weeklong vacation so time was abundant. If I were as interested in the works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald as I am in those of Sendak and Fitzhugh, I would have liked this book as much as I liked Ursula Nordstrom's collected letters. The fact that I did not probably says more about me than about Maxwell Perkins. It was good. Very insightful. Though I wish the editor had included some of the letters sent TO Perkins for context. At times, it was difficult to gauge what Perkins was responding to in his letters. Editor To Author The Letters Of Maxwell E PerkinsEditor To Author The Letters Of Maxwell E Perkins Is A Good Book And One Which I Bought To See What Made Perkins Such A Genius Editor As Described By Many Writers I Cannot Answer That Question Here But I Do Recommend The Book For Anyone Wanting To Knowof How Perkins Thought About Writing In His Biography Of Perkins, A Scott Berg Tells Of How Perkins Dictated His Thousands Of Author Editing Wikipedia An Authors Editor Is A Language Professional Who Works With Authors To Make Draft Texts Fit For Purpose He Or She Edits Manuscripts That Have Been Drafted By The Author But Have Not Yet Been Submitted To A Publisher For Publication This Type Of Editing Is Called Author Editing, To Distinguish It From Other Types Of Editing Done For Publishers On Documents Already Accepted For Publication An Authors Difference Between Author And Editor Author Vs Key Difference An Author Is The One Who Originally Creates His Own Content, Whereas An Editor Is The One Who Edits It An Author And Editor Work In Correspondence With One Another, That Is They Both Play A Primary Role In Structuring Any Content Actually, An Author Initializes The Content And The Editor Moulds It Both Are Necessary From Information Point Of View Any Content Before Getting Published Is First Edited Author Editor Katie Treggiden Back To Author EditorWeaving Contemporary Makers On The Loom, Ludion, October Fiera Magazine,Foreword, The Value Of Making, September Residents, The Barbican,October URBAN POTTERS MAKERS IN THE CITY, LUDION, SEPTEMBER Makers Of East London, Hoxton Mini Press, September Confessions Of A Design Geek,Editor As Author Of A Paper COPE Committee OnA Subject Editor, Who Oversaw A Manuscript, Was Invited By The Authors To Become A Co Author After The First Review Round After Inviting The Subject Editor To Become An Author And Adding His Name To The Author List , The Revised Version Of The Paper Was Submitted To The Journal The Authors Expected That A Different Subject Editor Would Handle The Paper In The Next Review Round Form Letter A To Author Form Letter A To Author Regarding An Article Retraction Date Title Of Article, Date Of Publication Dear Author , Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself As Publisher Name , The Elsevier Publisher Responsible For Journal Name The Editor In Chief Of Journal Name Has Reviewed The Concerns Raised Regarding The Above Article And The Author S Response And Taken The Decision To Retract TheKingkiller Chronicle Editor Believes Author Hasn TThe Editor Of The Kingkiller Chronicle Says She Thinks Author Patrick Rothfuss Hasn T Written Anything For Six Years Betsy Wollheim, Rothfuss Editor And President Of Publisher DAW BooksWhat Authors And Editors Wish They Could Say To What Authors And Editors Wish They Could Say To One Another Leila Sales Sharestruths Every Editor Knows, Andtruths Every Author Knows, As Someone Who Wears Both Hats Not finished. Will finish. So far, though, "not all that and a bag of chips."

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    The crossreferencing was done during a weeklong vacation so time was abundant. If I were as interested in the works of Hemingway and Fitzgerald as I am in those of Sendak and Fitzhugh, I would have liked this book as much as I liked Ursula Nordstrom's collected letters. The fact that I did not probably says more about me than about Maxwell Perkins. It was good. Very insightful. Though I wish the editor had included some of the letters sent TO Perkins for context. At times, it was difficult to gauge what Perkins was responding to in his letters. Editor To Author The Letters Of Maxwell E PerkinsEditor To Author The Letters Of Maxwell E Perkins Is A Good Book And One Which I Bought To See What Made Perkins Such A Genius Editor As Described By Many Writers I Cannot Answer That Question Here But I Do Recommend The Book For Anyone Wanting To Knowof How Perkins Thought About Writing In His Biography Of Perkins, A Scott Berg Tells Of How Perkins Dictated His Thousands Of Author Editing Wikipedia An Authors Editor Is A Language Professional Who Works With Authors To Make Draft Texts Fit For Purpose He Or She Edits Manuscripts That Have Been Drafted By The Author But Have Not Yet Been Submitted To A Publisher For Publication This Type Of Editing Is Called Author Editing, To Distinguish It From Other Types Of Editing Done For Publishers On Documents Already Accepted For Publication An Authors Difference Between Author And Editor Author Vs Key Difference An Author Is The One Who Originally Creates His Own Content, Whereas An Editor Is The One Who Edits It An Author And Editor Work In Correspondence With One Another, That Is They Both Play A Primary Role In Structuring Any Content Actually, An Author Initializes The Content And The Editor Moulds It Both Are Necessary From Information Point Of View Any Content Before Getting Published Is First Edited Author Editor Katie Treggiden Back To Author EditorWeaving Contemporary Makers On The Loom, Ludion, October Fiera Magazine,Foreword, The Value Of Making, September Residents, The Barbican,October URBAN POTTERS MAKERS IN THE CITY, LUDION, SEPTEMBER Makers Of East London, Hoxton Mini Press, September Confessions Of A Design Geek,Editor As Author Of A Paper COPE Committee OnA Subject Editor, Who Oversaw A Manuscript, Was Invited By The Authors To Become A Co Author After The First Review Round After Inviting The Subject Editor To Become An Author And Adding His Name To The Author List , The Revised Version Of The Paper Was Submitted To The Journal The Authors Expected That A Different Subject Editor Would Handle The Paper In The Next Review Round Form Letter A To Author Form Letter A To Author Regarding An Article Retraction Date Title Of Article, Date Of Publication Dear Author , Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself As Publisher Name , The Elsevier Publisher Responsible For Journal Name The Editor In Chief Of Journal Name Has Reviewed The Concerns Raised Regarding The Above Article And The Author S Response And Taken The Decision To Retract TheKingkiller Chronicle Editor Believes Author Hasn TThe Editor Of The Kingkiller Chronicle Says She Thinks Author Patrick Rothfuss Hasn T Written Anything For Six Years Betsy Wollheim, Rothfuss Editor And President Of Publisher DAW BooksWhat Authors And Editors Wish They Could Say To What Authors And Editors Wish They Could Say To One Another Leila Sales Sharestruths Every Editor Knows, Andtruths Every Author Knows, As Someone Who Wears Both Hats Not finished. Will finish. So far, though, "not all that and a bag of chips.""/>
  • Hardcover
  • 334 pages
  • Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell E. Perkins
  • Maxwell E. Perkins
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 9780877972297

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