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January 31, 2010

"So does such an editor exist today? Equal parts editor, rewriter, muse, slavedriver, and nursemaid? I doubt it."

Maxwell Perkins:

"In a decade of excellence he published the first novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920), Ernest Hemingway (1926), and Thomas Wolfe (1929). In each instance against the desires of his bosses at Scribner's, who didn't "get" what Perkins saw in these writers. He single-handedly took the raw talent, the ego, the alcoholic dysfunction of all three and formed complete and often prolific voices. He also discovered J.P. Marquand, Erskine Caldwell, and James Jones. That, Intrepids, is a nose for talent." -- Velociworld

Posted by Vanderleun at January 31, 2010 4:38 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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