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Literary agent Wendy Weil dies at age 72

6/13/2014 By HILLEL ITALIE

NEW YORK (AP) -- A colleague says Wendy Weil, a beloved and longtime literary agent who represented a wide range of groundbreaking and best-selling authors from Alice Walker to Mark Helprin, has died at age 72.

Emma Patterson says Weil died Sept. 22 of a heart attack at her country home in Cornwall, Conn.

Weil is a New York City native who was an agent for more than 40 years and founded the Wendy Weil Agency Inc. in 1986. Among the books she helped get published were Walker's "The Color Purple" and Helprin's "Winter's Tale."

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