“He’s a giant. He’s a gentleman,” says sportswriter Frank Deford of iconic literary agent Sterling Lord. “Other agents never impressed me after Sterling Lord,” claims journalist Jimmy Breslin.
Lord has led an extraordinary life. As agent to Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, and countless others—ranging from Breslin and Rocky Graziano to the Berenstains and four US cabinet members—Lord is the decisive influence and authors’ confidant who has engineered some of the most important book deals in literary history. For every author who walks through his door, his approach is the same: “I’m interested in helping the writer,” he emphasizes.
Watch Lord and others speak about his remarkable career—then learn more in his memoir, Lord of Publishing.
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