List of Famous Literary Agents People

List of Famous Literary Agents

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List of famous literary agents, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top literary agents in the world? This includes the most prominent literary agents, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable literary agents is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic literary agents were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned literary agents.

This list is made up of many different people, including Edward Hibbert and Forrest J Ackerman.

From reputable, prominent, and well known literary agents to the lesser known literary agents of today, these are some of the best professionals in the literary agent field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous literary agents ever?" and "What are the names of famous literary agents?" then you're in the right place. (22 items)


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    Edward Hibbert is an American-born English actor and literary agent. He played Gil Chesterton in the TV series Frasier. He is also the voice of Zazu in The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride and The Lion King 1½, replacing Rowan Atkinson.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Long Island
    • Profession: Literary agent, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Frasier, The Prestige, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, Taking Woodstock, The Lion King 1½, + more
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    Forrest J Ackerman
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    Forrest J Ackerman was an American collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia and a science fiction fan. He was, for over seven decades, one of science fiction's staunchest spokesmen and promoters. Ackerman was a Los Angeles, California-based magazine editor, science fiction writer and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1916-2008)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Literary agent, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Science-fiction writer, + more
    • Credits: Return of the Living Dead Part II, King Kong, Innocent Blood, Dracula vs. Frankenstein, The Aftermath, + more
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    Peter Cox

    Peter Cox is the best-selling English author of more than 20 books, including You Don't Need Meat, was the first chief executive of the Vegetarian Society and is now a literary agent working in London and New York.more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Bernie Weintraub was an American talent agent and founding partner of the Paradigm Talent Agency in 1993. Weintraub was born in the Bronx, New York. He served in the United States military during the Korean War. Weintraub co-founded Robinson Weintraub, a "boutique" literary agency. In 1993, Robinson ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Talent agent, Literary agent
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    H.N. Swanson

    H.N. Swanson
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    Harold Norling Swanson was a literary agent who represented Frank Buck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and many other well-known American writers.more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1899-1991)
    • Birthplace: Centerville, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Literary agent, Writer
    • Credits: The Age of Consent
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    Barthold Fles was a Dutch-American literary agent, author, translator, editor and publisher. Among his many clients were Elias Canetti, Raymond Loewy, Heinrich Mann, Joseph Roth, Felix Salten, Ignazio Silone, Bruno Walter and Arnold Zweig.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1902-1989)
    • Birthplace: Netherlands, Amsterdam, European Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands, North Holland
    • Profession: Literary agent, Publisher, Author, Translator, Writer
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    Stephen Slesinger
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    Stephen Slesinger, was an American radio, television and film producer, creator of comic strip characters and the father of the licensing industry. From 1923 to 1953, he created, produced, published, developed, licensed or represented several popular literary legends of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.more

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    • Age: Died at 52 (1901-1953)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Literary agent, Cartoonist
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    Augustus Dudley Peters was a British literary agent. Born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the fourth of the seven children of a farmer, he was informally adopted at the age of 3 by an aunt who lived in England and was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hampstead and St. John's College, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1892-1973)
    • Birthplace: Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
    • Profession: Talent agent, Literary agent, Film Producer
    • Credits: An Inspector Calls, Last Holiday, Hotel Incident, Stop the Merry-Go-Round
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    John Valentine Schaffner

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    • Profession: Literary agent
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    George T. Bye

    George T. Bye
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    George Thurman Bye was the Literary agent of Frank Buck and Eleanor Roosevelt. A prominent figure in the literary world before World War II, Bye rose to fame as the agent of people in the news and amateur authors with something timely or sensational to say, so called “stunt books”.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1887-1957)
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Paul Roundhill

    Paul Roundhill, and the son of a Church of England vicar, is an English artist and writer based in the East End of London, England. He is best known for his association with musician Pete Doherty, acting as his self-styled literary agent and previously running the website Bhalasada.com, which was closed ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Edgware, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Literary agent, Writer, Multimedia artist, Artist
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    Dorothy Mackie Low

    Lois Dorothea Low, née Pilkington was a British writer of romance novels from 1962 to 1983 under different pseudonyms Dorothy Mackie Low, Lois Paxton, and Zoë Cass. She was elected the fifth Chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association and also was a former Vice-President.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1916-2002)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Elisabeth Marbury

    Elisabeth Marbury
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    Elisabeth "Bessy" Marbury was a pioneering American theatrical and literary agent and producer who represented prominent theatrical performers and writers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and helped shape business methods of the modern commercial theater. She was the longtime companion of Elsie ...more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1856-1933)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Literary agent, Author
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    Virginia Kidd

    Virginia Kidd was an American literary agent, writer and editor, particularly influential in science fiction and related fields. She represented some of science fiction's most influential authors, including Ursula K. Le Guin, R.A. Lafferty, Anne McCaffrey, Judith Merril, and Gene Wolfe. Wolfe modeled ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1921-2003)
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Alan Radcliffe

    Alan Radcliffe is a literary agent, actor and the father of Daniel Radcliffe.more

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    • Birthplace: Northern Ireland
    • Profession: Literary agent, Actor
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    Ben Conway

    Ben Conway was a prominent literary agent in Hollywood, helping launch a number of writing and directing careers in the same industry in which his father had worked, from the early 1960s to early 1990s.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1927-2003)
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Andrew Wylie

    Andrew Wylie is an American literary agent, known in the book industry as "the jackal".more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Eric Simonoff

    Eric Matthew David Simonoff is a literary agent at William Morris Endeavor.more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Esther Newberg

    Esther Newberg is an American literary agent and former aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy during his 1968 presidential campaign.more

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    • Profession: Literary agent
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    Felicity Blunt

    Felicity Blunt is a literary agent.more

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    • Profession: Literary agent
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