Most people have already posted any thoughts they have on the passing of this literary great. My brush with him was peripheral. Over the course of several years, he referred three different projects to me. I didn’t end up thinking I was the right agent for any of those books but it was certainly meaningful to me that an author of his stature and talent thought highly enough of me to send people my way.
Gina Centrello put it this way and I think it’s a fitting tribute:
“Random House mourns the passing of Norman Mailer, whom we have published since 1984. To us, he was more than an American master and one of the greatest writers of our time. He was a consummate professional, who stimulated us with his passion and ideas and charmed us with his wit and warmth. Whenever he came into our offices, whether to deliver a manuscript or discuss a book jacket, he brought a bottomless love of literature and the written word.”