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Twelve Odd Tales for Christmas

Grinches and reindeer may dominate our annual holiday folklore, yet celebrated American writers also produced seasonal gems less well known today. While these authors’ definitive literary works often overshadow minor prose, resurrect their unusual holiday tales to refresh your December reading list. Commence the Christmas countdown with the following twelve stories. “Christmastide” by H. P. […]

“Such Friends”: Maxwell Perkins and Ernest Hemingway

As with F. Scott Fitzgerald, his first major author, Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins [1884-1947] found Ernest Hemingway [1899-1961] through a chain of people—including Fitzgerald himself. Hemingway was recently home from the war, dumped by his nurse-girlfriend, Agnes, writing ads for Firestone Tires in Chicago. He met a red-head from St. Louis, Hadley Richardson, and was […]

Blue cover of The Great Gatsby

Stories Behind Classic Book Covers: The Great Gatsby

Francis Cugat’s iconic painting of a disembodied face floating above the lights of New York is perhaps the most famous and celebrated book cover in all of American literature. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s publisher, Maxwell Perkins, seemed to understand the significance of the image even before the novel was published, declaring it “a masterpiece for this […]

“Such Friends:” Maxwell Perkins and F. Scott Fitzgerald

By: Kathleen Dixon Donnelly Scribner’s editor Maxwell Perkins [1884-1947] and author F. Scott Fitzgerald [1896-1940] were born 12 years and thousands of miles apart. In my research into Perkins’ management style, I learned the details of the interesting story of how they were brought together. When Scott attended the Newman School in New Jersey, he […]

Five Great American Short Stories

Short stories are often unfairly relegated to a rank below that of their novelistic cousins. However, with the rise of technology which favors speed and brevity, the form is presently undergoing something of a renaissance. In light of this, Christian Kriticos selects his five favorite American short stories for your consideration…  5. “The Ones Who […]