When people ask me for books they should read, I mention the name Maxwell Perkins. He was an editor who worked for Scribner's. He was F. Scott Fitzgerald's editor, Ernest Hemingway's, and Thomas Wolfe's. Those three writers are a big part of the heart of American fiction. Look at Perkins' career write-up on Wikileaks:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell_Perkins
Shaping Thomas Wolfe's effulgence into those juggernaut novels was a nice piece of work. And then there's Hemingway, Fitzgerald and others.
So that's what I recommend to people wanting a "list" to read...Maxwell Perkins.
Anybody do anything similar?