Don Congdon Passes Away

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.]

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