ROSLYN TARG

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TARG--Roslyn,

Pioneering Literary Agent, died peacefully in her Greenwich Village apartment on October 29 at age 92. Born Roslyn Siegel in Brooklyn on May 27, 1925, Targ was raised by her mother, a seamstress in Greenwich Village. She graduated from Hunter College in 1949, majoring in economics and English. Targ joined the Franz J. Horch agency as a "girl Friday". In 1969, Targ bought the agency and became its president. An expert on foreign rights, she represented top-selling authors including Italo Calvino, Henry Roth, Samuel Beckett, Erich Maria Remarque, Harold Robbins, Norman Mailer. Married in 1965, her beloved husband, Bill Targ, was the former editor-in-chief of Putnam and World Publishing, died in 1999. Targ was widely known and respected for her keen intellect, sales prowess, quick wit, and style. She worked to age 85. In 2009, Hunter College inducted her into the school's Hall of Fame. She lived in the same eclectic art and book-filled Greenwich Village penthouse apartment for 52 years. As Targ told a friend on her 92nd birthday, "When I look back on my life, all I can say is 'Wow'!" She is survived by many friends, and relatives of her late husband, Bill Targ. At Targ's request, there will be no service.


Published in The New York Times on Nov. 1, 2017
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