Books: Editor's Note: Jan. 12, 1981


by Herbert R. Mayes

Doubleday; 378 pages; $14.95

Novelist John Marquand called him the third best editor he had ever known, after George Horace Lorimer and Maxwell Perkins. William Faulkner, Rebecca West, Willa Cather and other major writers found him a staunch and generous companion. Marc Connelly and William Saroyan phoned him when they needed money. One of the few dissenters was Evelyn Waugh, who called him, with characteristic bile, "an emaciated Jew lately promoted within the Hearst organization from editing a weekly paper devoted to commercial chemistry."

Waugh was miles...

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