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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  1. September 25, 2013

    Today editors are endangered species…

    • September 25, 2013

      Don’t you think it has to do with profit margins and that publishing has become “big box”…? Maybe?

  2. September 25, 2013

    I guess you are not allowed to say if your editor looks this good! 😉

    • Heather in Arles
      September 25, 2013


      • September 25, 2013

        Oh, you’ll like this, Heather – I completely forgot to address his trousers! I believe that high waist is referred to as the Hollywood cut 😉 .

    • September 25, 2013

      I don’t actually see him that much, mostly email and notes and comments, back and forth, but, I can guarantee he doesn’t swan around in a waistcoat and jacket! What is it about a man in a well tailored suit? Love the look…

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