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Saxe Commins

Male Abt 1892 - 1958  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Saxe Commins 
    Born Abt 1892  Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1958  Princeton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I28207  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2017 

    Father Samuel Cominsky,   b. 1858, Berdychiv, Zhytomyrs'ka oblast, Ukraine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1943, Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Lena Zodikow,   b. Abt 16 Aug 1862, Kaunas, Lithuania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Nov 1950, Rochester, Monroe, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 88 years) 
    Family ID F16819  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Dorothy Berliner,   b. 1889, New York City Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1991, Princeton, New Jersey Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 102 years) 
    Married 1927 
    Last Modified 29 Mar 2017 
    Family ID F16823  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Born Isidore Cominsky. Also called Israel.

      From http://findingaids.princeton.edu/names/a3b0fb9e3d3398f5eb5790597597673f :

      Saxe Commins was born in Rochester, New York, around 1892. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and received his bachelor's degree in 1913, after which he married Dorothy Berliner, a concert pianist. He began his editing career at Horace Liveright, but soon joined Random House in 1933. He quickly ascended the ranks to become editor-in-chief and, then, senior editor. Commins also acted as the director of the Modern Library series, a division of Random House.

      Many of the twentieth-century's greatest authors received help from Saxe Commins on their works. The editor accepted novels and plays by William Faulkner, W. H. Auden, Eugene O'Neill, Sinclair Lewis, Gertrude Stein, and James A. Michener, to name a few. He helped some on their way to the Pulitzer Prize, including O'Neill, Faulkner, and Lewis.

      Commins also compiled several collections of others' works. He presented The Major Campaign Speeches of Adlai E. Stevenson in 1933, The Public Papers and Addresses of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1938, The Selected Writings of Washington Irving in 1945, The Selected Writings of Robert Louis Stevenson in 1947, a four-volume series entitled The World's Greatest Thinkers with Robert N. Linscott in 1947, and The Basic Writings of George Washington in 1948.

      Commins believed that "the role of the editor is to be invisible," but his editing was an indisputable element of many authors' reputations. He died in his Princeton home in 1958 after a long struggle with heart ailments.