Literary agent Don Congdon died on November 30 at the age of 91, reports the New York Times.
Mr. Congdon, who started out as a messenger at a small New York agency, developed an enviable reputation as a skilled editor, tough negotiator and shrewd judge of talent. While still a young editor at Simon & Schuster, he tuned in to the early stories of Ray Bradbury, who became one of his first clients after he set up as a full-time literary agent in 1947.
Andrew Porter comments, “Lived here in Brooklyn Heights, but I never met him, sigh…”
[Thanks to Andrew Porter and John King Tarpinian for the links.]