- Lurton Blassingame
Lurton Blassingame (February 10, 1904-April 1988) was a notable literary agent.
He was born in
St. Paul, Minnesotaand went to Columbia Universitywhere he studied writing. His master's thesis was based on the history of pulp fiction.
His first job was as a writer in Hollywood. From that job he moved on the found the
American Library Foundationwith William Allenin 1937.
He was the literary agent for
Frank Herbertand Rosemary Taylor. His public relations firm named Houston Branch Associateswas sold Eleanor Wood's Spectrum Literary Agencyin 1978. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE7DD1538F930A25757C0A96E948260 Lurton Blassingame, 84, Agent - New York Times ] ]
In 1951, author Robert A Heinlein dedicated his science fiction book
The Puppet Masters"to Lurton Blassingame". He also used Mr. Bassingame as a care of address for form letter responses to fans.
In 1980, literary agent Kirby McCauley dedicated his horror anthology
Dark Forces (book)to Blassingame "with admiration and affection".
* [http://nwda-db.wsulibs.wsu.edu/ark:/80444/xv82437 Guide to the Lurton Blassingame papers at the University of Oregon]
* [http://kk.org/ct2/heinlein.php Form letter response to fans]
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