Max Perkins was born 20 September 1884 in New York City, New York, United States to Edward Clifford Perkins (1858-1902) and Elizabeth Hoar Evarts (1858-1940) and died 17 June 1947 Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States of unspecified causes. He married Louise Florida Saunders (1888-1965) 31 December 1910 in New York City, New York, United States.


William Maxwell Evarts Perkins (AKA: "Max Perkins") (September 20, 1884 – June 17, 1947), was the editor for Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Wolfe. He has been described as the most famous literary editor.

Perkins was born on September 20, 1884, in New York City, to Elizabeth (Evarts) Perkins, a daughter of William M. Evarts, and Edward Clifford Perkins. He grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, attended St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire and then graduated from Harvard College in 1907. Although an economics major in college, Perkins also studied under Charles Townsend Copeland, a famous teacher of literature who helped prepare Perkins for his career.

Perkins died on June 17, 1947 in Stamford, Connecticut.

His home in Windsor, Vermont was purchased from John Skinner in the 1820s for $5,000 by William M. Evarts and passed down to Evarts' daughter, Elizabeth Hoar Evarts Perkins, who in turn left the home to family members, including her son Maxwell. The home stayed in the family until 2005, and has been restored and reopened as the Snapdragon Inn. The inn houses the Maxwell Perkins Library, which displays and collects items related to Maxwell Perkins and his extended family. His house in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Maxwell E. Perkins House, is on the National Register of Historic Places. His granddaughter, Ruth King Porter, is a Vermont writer.

Marriage & Family

1910. That same year he married Louise Saunders, also of Plainfield, New Jersey who would bear him five daughters.


Offspring of Max Perkins and Louise Florida Saunders (1888-1965)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Bertha Perkins (1911-2005)
Elizabeth Perkins (1914-1975)
Louisa Elvins Perkins (1915-2009)




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