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date: 05 May 2021

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As editor, mentor, and friend, Macmillan President George P. Brett had the single most significant influence on American writer Jack London’s professional publishing career. This essay explores how their partnership developed into one of the model editor-writer duos of the twentieth century putting them in the company of Maxwell Perkins and his authors. It examines the Brett and London’s correspondence regarding the editing, content, and publication of The People of the Abyss, The Iron Heel, The Road, Martin Eden, The Cruise of the Snark and other works. Brandt also highlights the significance of Brett and London’s shared interests—agriculture, arboriculture, travel, and the West.

Keywords: George P. Brett, Macmillan Company, the West, The Road, agriculture, travel, publishing industry

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