November 30, 1990
Evarts Ziegler, 74, a literary agent whose clients included Joan Didion, John Gregory Dunne, Robert Towne, Richard Donner, Philip Kaufman, Terrence Malick, Sydney Pollack and Mario Puzo. Ziegler negotiated one of the largest prices ever paid for a film script when he represented William Goldman in the sale of "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" to 20th Century Fox.
May 4, 2013 |
Harper Lee, the 87-year-old author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has filed suit against her literary agent over the rights to her classic novel. The suit alleges that the agent took advantage of Lee's age and infirmity when she assigned the copyright to him six years ago. In 2007, Lee was living in an assisted living facility and had recently suffered a stroke when she signed over the rights of "To Kill a Mockingbird" to her agent, Samuel Pinkus, and his agency Keystone Literary.
July 16, 2013 |
Maybe a book by a juror in the Trayvon Martin murder trial isn't such a good idea after all. On Monday it was announced that one of the jurors who had found George Zimmerman not guilty had landed a literary agent , Sharlene Martin of Martin Literary Management. Juror B37 -- who told CNN's Anderson Cooper that she had "no doubt" that Zimmerman feared for his life in the moments before he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager -- planned to write a book about the trial with her husband, an attorney.
March 23, 1991
Peter Wendell Livingston, 41, literary agent and author of best-selling "Livingston's Field Guide to North American Males." The son of Alan W. Livingston, former president of Capitol Records, Livingston represented such authors as Duane Unkefer, Merle Shain, Linda McQuaig and Martin O'Malley. A life-long hemophiliac, Livingston became infected with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome virus through blood products used in his treatment. On Wednesday in Halifax, Canada, of AIDS.
February 22, 1992
Melvin L. Sokolow, 58, a literary agent, TV producer and amateur squash champion. He was a publicity director for TV Guide and literary agent for Warner Books when he and his wife, Diane, formed a production company. Authors he worked with included Abbie Hoffman, Salvador Dali and Timothy Leary. The Sokolow company produced for New World Television and Tri-Star the TV movie "Miles From Nowhere," broadcast last month on CBS.
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December 31, 2004 |
Sylvia Herscher, 91, a Broadway literary agent, general manager and producer who received a special Tony Award in 2000, died Wednesday at her home in New York City. The cause of death was not reported. Herscher worked in all aspects of the theater, particularly musicals. For many years, she was secretary to composer Jule Styne, assisting him on such shows as "Make a Wish" (1951) and the 1952 revival of "Pal Joey." Born Sylvia Kossovsky in New York City, she studied piano from an early age. After marrying and raising a family, she went to work in 1950 for the producer Alexander Cohen, doing publicity for "King Lear."