Max and Marjorie: The Correspondence between Maxwell E. Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawl / Edition 1

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"A treasure for anyone interested in how Max Perkins earned his reputation as the most gifted editor of all time by his sheer talent for friendship, encouragement, and sound judgment mixed with humor and tact. It equally reveals the grit and wit of his Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Their lively letters offer rare and engaging glimpses into the anatomy--and alchemy--of a bestseller and masterpiece."--Charles Scribner III

"What a pleasure to read such gracious, literate, intimate and affectionate correspondence between an editor and an author. This, one can't help feeling, is the way it ought to be."--Michael Korda, author of Another Life

"A wonderful illustration of the special relationship between author and editor that even today still lies at the heart of publishing. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a strong and valiant character, a major talent with all the doubts and difficulties that go along with it. In Max Perkins she found a receptive spirit whose good counsel engendered confidence and abiding trust; over time, a deep friendship evolved. Watching the delicate, enduring organism of their partnership grow is both heartening and inspiring."--Jonathan Galassi, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

This compelling collection of letters brings together for the first time the entire known correspondence--nearly 700 letters, notes, and wires--of the preeminent 20th-century American editor and his Pulitzer Prize-winning author. 

 While the letters reveal an intimate portrait of the literary and personal friendship of Maxwell Perkins and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, they also constitute a remarkable history of the Scribner publishing house from 1930 to 1947, when Perkins died. Rawlings, awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1939 for The Yearling, was one of Scribner's stars in an era when publishing was difficult for women writers. Perkins was her champion, offering editorial opinion, a week-by-week critique of her work, and candid gossip about other writers he nurtured, most notably Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Thomas Wolfe.

 Perkins and Rawlings brought magic to their correspondence. Though four years passed before they used each other’s first name, their attraction was immediate and mutual: they shared a sense of humor, concerns about health, discreet details about their marriages, a weakness for the bottle, and, at times, agonizing fits of despair. She sent him oranges from her citrus grove in north central Florida; he mailed her a steady supply of the stimulating nonfiction she loved to read while writing novels.

 Rawlings wrote not just to Perkins but for him. He responded--to both her life and her work--with wisdom, clarity, and generosity. The correspondence of these two superb letter writers presents an eloquent artifact of a rare literary partnership.

Rodger L. Tarr, University Distinguished Professor at Illinois State University, is the editor of Short Stories by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (UPF, 1994), Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: A Descriptive Bibliography (Pittsburgh, 1996), and Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Songs of a Housewife (UPF, 1997).

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Maxwell Perkins was an obscure figure to the reading public until A. Scott Berg's Max Perkins: Editor of Genius (LJ 6/1/78) told the story of his heroic efforts in developing the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe, and other important 20th-century writers. Here Tarr, a Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings scholar, publishes the entire correspondence between the editor and Rawlings, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Yearling. Some 698 letters, notes, and telegrams are annotated and set in chronological order, starting with Perkins's encouraging response to Rawlings's submission to a short story contest in 1930. These wonderful letters reveal the intricate working interplay between an author and editor and the unfolding of a personal friendship between two remarkable people. Additionally, the reader is treated to a first-person account of the workings of the legendary publisher Charles Scribner's Sons and candid gossip about Perkins's other authors. Perkins's immense correspondence has resulted in a number of fine books: Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell Perkins (Cherokee Pub., 1991), Dear Scott, Dear Max: The Fitzgerald-Perkins Correspondence (S. & S., 1991), and The Only Thing That Counts: The Ernest Hemingway/ Maxwell Perkins Correspondence 1925-1947 (LJ 10/1/96). This contribution is highly recommended for larger libraries collecting American literature.--Paul A. D'Alessandro, Portland P.L., ME Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Robert Gottlieb
...a remarkable correspondence -- and what one might call a remarkable love story (never an affair) -- between two remarkable people.
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The editor a writer dreams of and the writer an editor yearns for come to life in this exchange of letters. Maxwell Perkins, of course, is the legendary editor of Thomas Wolfe, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald when they were being published by Scribner's. Majorie Kinnan Rawlings, best known for her novel The Yearling, came to Perkins' attention when she submitted a story for a contest being run by Scribner's magazine. The first exchange of letters in 1930 established a pattern that would continue until Perkins died in 1947, for a total of 698 letters, notes, and telegrams, according to editor Tarr (Illinois State Univ.; Poems by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 1997). Perkins praises the story (eventually published as "Jacob's Ladder") and then gently offers specific suggestions for revisions, recommending a completely new ending. Rawlings responds with gratitude ("I appreciate your painstaking criticism") and complies with a rewrite. From then on, Perkins in his Manhattan office and Rawlings in her Florida backwater formed a team that would lead to commercial and artistic success, including a Pulitzer Prize. Even as Rawlings' international reputation grew, Perkins coaxed her in new directions, often urging her to rethink plot, character, and organization. She was almost always receptive to his suggestions, even as she grew more confident of her abilities as a writer. Besides literary debate, their letters were full of gossip and news of mutual friends (Hemingway stories abound), as well as mundane discussions of deadlines, page proofs, and remuneration. Perkins would often send her the latest books from the Scribner list, and she would send him crates of oranges along with funnystories and introductions to talented friends (Zora Neale Hurston was one writer she recommended). The evolution of a literary partnership at its best, with Rawlings revealing the anguish, frustration, and fulfillment of a dedicated writer's life and Perkins the empathy and unwavering standards of a remarkable editor. (Facsimiles, 6 b&w photos, most not seen.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016917
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 9/30/1999
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 640
  • Product dimensions: 6.59 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.85 (d)

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