It was “the golden age” of American literature. Max Perkins edited Hemingway and Fitzgerald, royalties were still calculated by hand, and business was usually based on personal ties between publisher and author.
It was into this world that Charles Scribner, Jr. was born, his career predetermined at the time of his christening. He grew up in publishing and cut his editorial teeth on giants like Edmund Wilson, C.P. Snow, P.D. James and Charles Lindbergh. But towering above them all was Ernest Hemingway, whose friendship Scribner recalls with affection.
“An elegant memoir of a publishing prince’s lifelong devotion to great books.” —A.Scott Berg
Charles Scribner, Jr. was the son of Charles Scribner III and the longtime head of the Charles Scribner's Sons book publishing company. He succeeded his father in 1952 as chief of the family publishing house, which had been founded by his great-grandfather in 1846. Charles Scribner, Jr. oversaw its operations until 1984. He was Ernest Hemingway's personal editor and publisher in the last portion of Hemingway's career. He is the author of In the Company of Writers and In the Web of Ideas.