Synopsis: When, one day in 1929, writer Thomas Wolfe decided to keep the appointment made by Max Perkins, editor at Scribner's, he had no illusions: his manuscript would be turned down as had invariably been the case. But, to his happy amazement, his novel, which was to become "Look Homeward, Angel," was accepted for publication. The only trouble was that it was overlong (by 300 pages) and had to be reduced. Although reluctant to see his poetic prose trimmed, Wolfe agreed and was helped by Perkins, who had become a true friend, with the result that it instantly became a favorite with the critics and a best seller. Success was even greater in 1935 when "Of Time and the River" appeared, but the fight for reducing Wolfe's logorrheic written expression had been even harder, with the novel originally at 5,000 pages. Perkins managed to cut 90,000 words from the book, and with bitterness ultimately taking its toll, the relationships between the two men gradually deteriorated. Wolfe did not feel gratefu
Genre: Biography, Drama
Director(s): Michael Grandage
Production: Riverstone Pictures
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

Mr. Perkins.

Please, sit down.

I wasn't even gonna come.

Prefer to get my

rejections in the mail.

There's something

surgically antiseptic

about those familiar words,

"we regret to inform you..."

But I wanted to meet you.

The man who first read

Mr. f. Scott Fitzgerald

and said,

"yes! The world needs poets.

"My god!

Someone publish

this bastard,

"'cause the world

needs poets.

"Or why even live?"

So I'm looking

at that man now.

Well, congratulations.

On finding one genius.

Two, if you count Hemingway.

As for this one,

he'll persevere.

You can't kill the deep roots

by cutting off

a few top branches.

And the roots go deep,

Mr. Perkins.

And they are unassailable.

Mr. wolfe,

we intend to

publish your book.

If that's acceptable

to you.

Now, I'd like to do

some work with you.

In its current state,

o lost is simply too long

for one volume.

I think you could afford

to shape it a bit,

cut off a few of

the "top branches".

Mr. Perkins.

I know you're not

fooling with me.

You don't look the type.

But my god,

this is too much for me.

You don't know.

You don't know.

You don't know.

Every son-of-a-bitch

publisher in New York

hates my book.

Mr. wolfe,

if you could sit down.



Tom, please.


I take it your book

is autobiographical

in nature.

No other way to write,

is there?

Eugene gant is me!

And my mama is Eliza,

and my papa is w.O. Gant.

We'll get into all that.

I know it's too long.

I know it's too long.

My lord, you don't

know how I struggled

to cut the gorgon down.

You don't know how

i fought with her.

But I'll cut

anything you say.

You just give me

the word.


the book belongs to you.

All I want to do

is to bring your

work to the public

in its best possible form.

My job, my only job,

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John Logan

John David Logan (born September 24, 1961) is an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer, and television producer. more…

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