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William Maxwell Evarts Perkins

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: New York, New York County, New York, United States
Death: June 17, 1947 (62)
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Edward Clifford Perkins and Elizabeth Hoar Evarts
Husband of Louise Saunders
Father of <private> frothingham (perkins)
Brother of Edward Newton Perkins; Frances Bruen Perkins and <private> perkins

Occupation: Publisher
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About Maxwell Perkins

William Maxwell Evarts ("Max") Perkins (September 20, 1884 – June 17, 1947), was the editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. He has been described as the most famous literary editor.

Joined the publishing house Charles Scribner's Sons in 1910 as an editor. Maxwell Perkins is associated with many famous authors. Brother of Edward Perkins, husband of Kate Riggs, 3rd great granddaughter of Edward Riggs of Roxbury.

Maxwell Perkins was the grandson of U.S. Secretary of State, U.S. Attorney General, and U.S. Senator William M. Evarts, the great great grandson of Declaration of Independence signer Roger Sherman, and the uncle of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

Perkins was born on September 20, 1884, in New York City, grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and then graduated from Harvard College in 1907. Although an economics major in college, Perkins also studied under Charles Townsend Copeland, a famous teacher of literature who helped prepare Perkins for his career.

After working as a reporter for The New York Times, Perkins joined the venerable publishing house of Charles Scribner's Sons in 1910. That same year he married Louise Saunders, also of Plainfield, who would bear him five daughters. At the time he joined it, Scribner's was known for publishing eminently respectable authors such as John Galsworthy, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. However, much as he admired these older giants, Perkins wished to publish younger writers. Unlike most editors, he actively sought out promising new artists; he made his first big find in 1919 when he signed F. Scott Fitzgerald. This was no easy task, for no one at Scribner's except Perkins had liked The Romantic Egotist, the working title of Fitzgerald's first novel, and it was rejected. Even so, Perkins worked with Fitzgerald to revise the manuscript and then lobbied it through the house until he wore down his colleagues' resistance.

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Maxwell Perkins's Timeline

September 20, 1884
New York, New York County, New York, United States
June 17, 1947
Age 62
Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Connecticut, United States