An editor with Charles Scribner's Sons who discovered some of the top literary minds of the early 20th century.
He was an economics major at Harvard, but a class in literature taught by the famed professor Charles Townsend Copeland formed the foundation for his literary career.
At Scribner he came across F. Scott Fitzgerald's early manuscript, already rejected twice by their editorial board; he persuaded them to publish it, with a few revisions.
He was born in New York City.
He discovered the author Thomas Wolfe , working with him to perfect his early novel until was ready for publication as Look Homeward, Angel.