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date: 23 October 2019

Perkins, Maxwell E.locked

(20 September 1884–17 June 1947)
  • Robert L. Gale

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Perkins, Maxwell E. (20 September 1884–17 June 1947), editor, was born William Maxwell Evarts Perkins in New York City, the son of Edward Clifford Perkins, a Boston lawyer who had moved to and practiced in New York, and Elizabeth Hoar Evarts. Perkins grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, and shortly after his father’s early death in 1902 entered Harvard, where he forced himself to major in economics, feeling that doing so would be useful “bad-tasting medicine.” Always reading voraciously, he later regretted that he had not formally studied literature at Harvard. After earning a B.A. in 1907, he was a sometimes daring reporter for the ...

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