Lurton Blassingame


Lurton Blassingame

Lurton Blassingame (February 10, 1904-April 1988) was a notable literary agent.

He was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and went to Columbia University where 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 Foundation with William Allen in 1937.

He was the literary agent for Frank Herbert and Rosemary Taylor. His public relations firm named Houston Branch Associates was sold Eleanor Wood's Spectrum Literary Agency in 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".

References

* http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE7DD1538F930A25757C0A96E948260

External links

* [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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