We've mentioned F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway as two of the authors that Perkins worked with. Today, I thought it would be fun to mention Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Rawlings was the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Yearling. Believe it or not, I have never read this American classic. I just checked it out from the library and can't wait to get started. The Yearling received the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Scribners published the book in the spring of 1938 and it was indeed edited by Maxwell Perkins.
The Yearling is a story of a young boy named Jody who adopts an orphaned fawn. Set in rural Florida, The Yearling has become a standard for young adult audiences. In the 1930s, Rawlings lived and worked in Cross Creek, Florida. Much of her inspiration came from the natural surroundings and the local folk. Her home there is now a Florida state park.
Rawlings was just another in a long list of authors who put their trust in Max Perkins for his editorial guidance and expertise. The result was a list of fiction that has endured and still brings enjoyment to many readers of all ages, not to mention a Pulitzer.
Here's a link to some information about the classic 1946 film version of The Yearling.
And just on a quirky side note, can anyone tell me what The Yearling has to do with The Gilmore Girls?
Have a great week everyone and stay tuned for information about our March GIVEAWAY!