Maxwell Perkins, edited Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald


“The first thing you must remember…(is that an) editor does not add
to a book. At best he serves as a handmaiden to an author. Don’t ever
get to feeling important about yourself, because an an editor at most
releases energy. He creates nothing.”


That exceedingly modest quotation was from Max Perkins (found in A. Scott Berg’s excellent biography)…he, as an editor at Scribner’s, just happened to help create the Great/Modern American Novel – I’m just saying…

Max Perkins: Editor of Genius: A. Scott Berg: 9780425223376: Books.


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