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Maxwell E. Perkins (1884–1947)

Author of Editor to Author: The Letters of Maxwell E. Perkins

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After World War I, Maxwell Perkins sought out "Lost Generation" authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, whose novels he edited and championed. He also worked with many other famous and award-winning writers and poets, including Thomas Wolfe, Ring Lardner, J.P. Marquand, Erskine Caldwell, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Zora Neale Hurston, Alan Paton, and James Jones. Today he's considered America's most important editor of fiction. In 2005 the Center for Fiction established the Maxwell E. Perkins Award in his honor and to celebrate his legacy.
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