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Deborah Rogers

Name  Deborah Rogers
Role  Literary agent
Died  April 30, 2014

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Deborah Jane Coltman Rogers (6 April 1938 – 30 April 2014) was a British literary agent.

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Rogers was one of six children, her mother Stella Moore was an actress, while her father worked in the City of London. She attended Hatherop Castle School in Gloucestershire, but did not go to university.

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Her agency, originally Deborah Rogers Ltd, was established in 1967. Pat White soon joined, and the two women were joined by a third partner, Gill Coleridge, two decades later. At the end of her life, Rogers was the chairman of Rogers, Coleridge and White.

Among the authors Rogers represented were A. S. Byatt, Ian McEwan and Peter Carey. Earlier in her career she had represented Angela Carter, and (before he joined Andrew Wylie's agency) Salman Rushdie. Shortly after the professional breach, Rogers offered Rushdie her second home as a refuge from the fatwā (death sentence) imposed by Ayatollah Khomeini in February 1989. The remote farm in Powys was used by Rushdie during his decade in hiding.

Rogers was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in International Publishing at the London Book Fair in April 2014. The award was presented by another of her clients, Kazuo Ishiguro, who had been introduced to Rogers by Angela Carter.

She married the composer Michael Berkeley in 1979; the couple had a daughter. Rogers died from a heart attack.

References

Deborah Rogers Wikipedia


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