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His literary judgment was original and exceedingly astute, and he was famous for his ability to inspire an author to produce the best that was in him or her. More a friend to his authors than a taskmaster, he aided them in every way. He helped them structure their books, if help was needed; thought up titles, invented plots; he served as psychologist, lovelorn adviser, marriage counselor, career manager, money-lender. Few editors before him had done so much work on manuscripts, yet he was always faithful to his credo, “The book belongs to the author.”
– Max Perkins: Editor of Genius, A. Scott Berg

Maxwell Perkins:
editor of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Dawn Powell, and Thomas Wolfe