May 27, 1925 - October 29, 2017
New York City
Roslyn Targ, Pioneering Literary Agent, Dies at 92
By Leon Neyfakh
Roslyn Targ died peacefully in her Greenwich Village apartment on October 29, 2017.
Born Roslyn Siegel in Brooklyn, New York, on May 27, 1925, Targ was a pioneering literary agent known for her mischievous sense of humor and her taste for glamour. Starting in the 1950s, Targ made a career of selling translation rights around the world. In the process, she introduced entire shelves of American literature to European audiences; among the canonical authors her agency sold in translation were F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee, John Dos Passos, and Sherwood Anderson.
Her beloved husband Bill Targ, the former editor-in-chief of Putnam and World Publishing, who died in 1999, once . . .