Iâ€™m reading a wonderful book—Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg.Â Perkins was the editor for F. Scott, Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway, and Thomas Wolfe, among others. Itâ€™s a very intimate portrait of Perkins as he related to his writers and as he himself grew as a man.
Itâ€™s very revealing of who these men were in their day-to-day lives, their brilliances, struggles, rages and elations and how Perkins, whom they respectfully and affectionately called Max, managed them. He was editor, mentor, psychiatrist, financial advisor, and a deep, deep friend.Â His belief in them kept them going. He inspired them to produce at their best.
It opened my mind to the realities they endured and I felt support by Max.
Iâ€™ve found it more than worth the read.