Maxwell Perkins, the famous Scribner editor commemorated in the recent film Genius, guided the careers of three of America’s most important novelists: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. We will analyze three of their most important works, The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises and The Lost Boy, consider the relationships among the three authors and probe how Perkins served to shape and promote their literary output. Because this is a seminar course, reading and active participation are expected. Required texts: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, ISBN 13: 978-0743273565; The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, ISBN 13: 978-0743297332; The Lost Boy by Thomas Wolfe, ISBN 13: 978-0807844861.
Tom Hearron (email@example.com) holds a doctorate in American literature. He has taught college-level English for more than 40 years at universities in the United States, Africa and China.