Max Perkins (Paperback)
Editor of Genius
Berkley Publishing Group, 9780425223376, 498pp.
Publication Date: September 2, 2008
The National Book Award winner from Pulitzer-Prize winning author A. Scott Berg.
The talents he nurtured were known worldwide: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and numerous others. But Maxwell Perkins remained a mystery, a backstage presence who served these authors not only as editor but also as critic, career manager, moneylender, psychoanalyst, father-confessor, and friend.
This outstanding biography, a winner of the National Book Award, is the first to explore the fascinating life of this genius editor extraordinare--in both the professional and personal domains. It tells not only of Perkin's stormy marriage, endearing eccentricities, 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. It is, in the words of Newsweek, "an admirable biography of a wholly admirable man.
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Praise For Max Perkins: Editor of Genius…
Praise for A. Scott Berg’s Max Perkins: Editor of Genius
“A highly readable work of literary history.” —New York Times Book Review
“An extraordinarily fine and moving portrait of the man who assembled America’s finest literary gang.” —Russell Baker
“Talented, intelligent, and marvellously researched... A work that does honor to the subject.” —Chicago Tribune
“A. Scott Berg has…(perhaps just in the nick of time) rescued Perkins from permanent obscurity.” —Atlantic Monthly
"In the history of American publishing there is no more legendary -- and elusive -- figure than Maxwell Evarts Perkins.... Now the mystery has been solved in Scott Berg's exhaustive, penetrating, and wholly satisfying biography... Scrupulous, thoughtful, touching, memorable, and eminently rewarding." —Jonathan Yardley, The Miami Herald
"A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius seems such a natural that it makes you wonder why no one ever thought of writing such a book before. [Among] the virtues of this biography is that Perkins emerges from the shadows... The details enrich the legend." —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times
"Max Perkins was the best of hte best. This book brings him back alive." —Erskine Caldwell
Praise for A. Scott Berg’s Lindbergh
“Berg’s book is an extraordinary achievement. In his authoritative chronicle, Berg has allowed the inconsistencies, nuances, and tribulations of Lindbergh’s life to speak for themselves without judgment or speculation. In doing so, he has given us the definitive account of a dramatic and disturbing American story.”--Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Charles Lindbergh is the ultimate American life, and Berg’s new biography is the ultimate exploration of that life. In an astonishing biography of a man who personified the future tense, no sentence is overwritten, no passage overwrought.”--Boston Sunday Globe
“Berg’s monumental new biography is a richly detailed and deeply nuanced examination of a historic life in all its complexity. This is fall’s must-read biography.”--Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Berg turns that historic flight into a cogent and thoroughly gripping account that conveys all the magic, danger and courage of the young pilot’s achievement. A similar narrative prowess informs Berg’s account of the 1932 kidnapping of Lindbergh’s infant son and the subsequent trial of Hauptmann – an account that reads, at once, as a harrowing thriller and a sobering study in the unreckoned consequences of fame.”--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
“A superb biography.”--Time Magazine
“The most outstanding piece of nonfiction that I have read this year. Berg does a spectacular job of establishing why Lindbergh proves such a powerful icon for the 20th century. A substantial piece of history that illuminates an important figure in world history. It’s the kind of book that took almost a decade to create. And it’s worth it.”--USA Today
“Berg brings us about as close as I suspect we will ever get to the man himself.”--The New York Times Book Review