Typed Letter Signed on "Charles Scribner's Sons Publishers" stationery, 8vo, New York, Jan, 13, 1947
by PERKINS, MAXWELL
As executor of Thomas Wolfe's estate, Perkins discusses arrangements for Wolfe's books posthumously published in French. He writes to Marion Saunders, British literary agent who owned her own small firm in New York marketing American authors to foreign markets. Perkins begins, "I have arranged for the publication in French of THE WEB AND THE ROCK with Margueret, and OF TIME AND THE RIVER with Editions Stock...I am not sure that LOOK HOMEWARD, ANGEL wasn't published years ago before it came under my control...." He signs in bold ink, "Maxwell Perkins Exec." Three notes possibly in two other hands, in pencil and pen in upper and lower margins. Though Thomas Wolfe (1900-38)and Maxwell Perkins separated professionally in 1936 after eight years of working together, Perkins was asked to be the executor of Wolfe's estate. As executor, Perkins refers to the posthumous publications of Wolfe's works, "The Web and the Rock" and "Of Time and the River," in French. Fine literary association and reference to Thomas Wolfe. Perkins met Thomas Wolfe in January of 1929. According to www.nchistoricsites.org, it was "one of the strongest relationships he [Perkins] ever forged with an author." Perkins was a harsh editor who did severe editing of Wolfe's "Look Homeward, Angel" and some say that it prompted Wolfe to leave him. Others say it was only Perkins' editing that made Wolfe's novel great. Wolfe wrote to Perkins in November of 1936 severing ties, but only describing his leaving as being due to "differences of opinion and belief." [www.historyvshollywood.com]. Information discussing the 2016 film "Genius," the story of the relationship between Perkins and Wolfe, describes their relationship as a father-son relationship with a special bond. The film was based on A. Scott Berg's national 1978 bestseller and National Book Award-winner, "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius ," by A. Scott Berg. (Inventory #: 4296)
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