The talents Maxwell Perkins nurtured were known worldwide: F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Wolfe among numerous others.
But the man himself remained a mystery, a backstage presence who
served these authors not only as editor but as critic, career
manager, moneylender, psychoanalyst, confessor and friend. This
outstanding biography, a winner of the National Book Award, is the
first to explore the fascinating life of this editor extraordinaire
in both professional and personal domains. It tells not only of
Perkins' stormy marriage and secret twenty-five-year romance with
Elizabeth Lemmon, but also of his intensely intimate relationships
with the leading literary lights of the twentieth century.