Welcome to our new Monday feature, "Mondays with Max". The Max we are referring to is Maxwell Perkins, former resident of what is now Snapdragon Inn. Maxwell Perkins has been referenced here in the blog from time to time, but for our new readers, here is a little summary.
William Maxwell Evarts bought six houses in a row in Windsor as well as several acres of wooded area in the 1800s. The family referred to the woods as "Paradise". Eventually, the homes were sold or passed down through the family and the woods became the anchor for what is now Paradise Park. Max Perkins inherited the house from his mother and he brought his family to Windsor every summer. He wanted his 5 daughters to have the same joyful experiences in Windsor that he did.
By trade, Perkins was one of the most influential American literary editors of his time. He is most famous for his work with Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe.
In this feature, we'll be focusing on all things literary. Some will relate directly to Perkins, others will relate to Vermont or New England. Today, just for your pondering pleasure, I'd like to just share a few quotes from Maxwell Perkins on the subject of writing. Enjoy!
Anybody can find out if he is a writer. If he were a writer, when he tried to write of some particular day, he would find in the effort that he could recall exactly how the light fell and how the temperature felt, and all the quality of it. Most people cannot do it. If they can do it, they may never be successful in a pecuniary sense, but that ability is at the bottom of writing, I am sure.- Maxwell Perkins
Just get it down on paper, and then we'll see what to do with it.- Maxwell Perkins