None of your favorite novels would never have been read by the public without editors working hard behind the scenes. One such editor was Maxwell Perkins, an editor at Scribner in the early 20thcentury. Perkins discovered and worked with Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other major authors. On Thursday, July 19th, Edgar Herwick of the Curiosity Desk will delve into Perkins’ life and career, examining the relationships between literary giants and the power of an editor. This discussion will take place at the Boston Public Library at 2pm, and will be streamed live on Facebook by WGBH. After talking about Perkins, Herwick will also quiz the audience on literary phrases that have entered the colloquial lexicon.
Certain books were “banned in Boston” at least as far back as 1651, when one William Pynchon wrote a book criticizing Puritanism.