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Stephen King's agent, Ralph Vicinanza, dies at 60

Emma Brown

Ralph Vicinanza, literary agent who sold the work of big-name writers including Stephen King and the Dalai Lama around the world, died of a brain aneurysm Saturday night at age 60.

Mr. Vicinanza specialized in making deals for international rights to their clients' books. His agency also represented top science fiction and fantasy writers such as Terry Pratchett, Robert Heinlein and Frank Herbert.

Tributes to Mr. Vicinanza are popping up around the web, including from Beth Meacham, executive editor of Tor Books. "He made a lot of money with his bestseller clients, but he also adored his smaller books, his less successful writers....He took care of his writers; he took them, and their work, seriously."

By Emma Brown  | September 29, 2010; 10:08 AM ET
Categories:  Emma Brown  | Tags:  beth meacham, dalai lama, frank herbert, ralph vicinanza died, ralph vicinanza obituary, robert heinlein, stephen king, terry pratchett, tor books  
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