…My new book, Manager as Muse: Maxwell Perkins’ Work with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe, is about legendary Scribner’s editor Max Perkins and how he motivated his writers to produce classic novels in the 1920s and 30s.
The dirty little secret is—he was a terrible copy editor. As bad a speller as Fitzgerald, his letters are riddled with mistakes. Unfortunately, this also happened with the first edition of the books he worked on with his writers. Sometimes he was in such a rush he would try to edit and proofread himself, keeping the galleys away from the Scribner staff. Bad idea.
The top Manhattan columnist of the day, FPA of the Algonquin Round Table, made the search for mistakes in Fitzgerald’s first novel, The Far Side of Paradise, into a parlour game among New Yorkers.
If you want to read more stories about Perkins and his writers, you can find information about the book on my blog, Such Friends [www.suchfriends.wordpress.com], and buy it at either Amazon.com in the US and Amazon.co.uk in the UK.
And if you want a copy editor, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!