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Remembering Literary Agent Sterling Lord, 1920-2022

Lord represented Kerouac, Breslin and more.

sterling lord, literary agent and author of lord of publishing

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Lord of Publishing

By Sterling Lord

kerouac and a note to sterling lord, his literary agent
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  • “Sometime in the early 1960s, I noticed newspaper ads for an insurance company, the name of which I don’t remember, which referred to their friendly neighborhood agents. I didn’t know any friendly neighborhood insurance men myself, and it seemed a little ridiculous, but it was a catchy phrase, so I started signing my letters to Jack Kerouac, “Your friendly neighborhood literary agent.” Jack did have a sense of humor. It wasn’t evident very often, but one sunny day I got this letter (above), which not only copied my friendly neighborhood reference, but gave his regards to Broadway. In all our years together, it was the only letter I received from him that was so openly humorous.”

    Photo Credit: Allen Ginsburg Trust

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Lord of Publishing

Lord of Publishing

By Sterling Lord