In Memory: George M. Nicholson

Acquired Rights from Harper.

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

George McHugh Nicholson, 1937-1950 by Shannon Maughan from The Horn Book. Peek: “Esteemed literary agent and innovative publishing executive George Nicholson…died February 3 in New York City.”

Remembering George McHugh Nicholson from Children’s Book Council. Peek:

“Soon after Nicholson moved to New York City in 1959, he took on a position with friend Albert Leventhal, president of Artists and Writers Guild, which published Golden Books. The position provided a valuable overview of publishing, from layout and design to manufacturing. Nicholson went on to work for the president of Dell Publishing, where he championed paperbacks of literary quality.”

Literary agent George Nicholson died on February 3. He was 77. from Shelf Awareness. Peek: “Many people credit Nicholson with inventing paperback publishing for children, when he founded Delacorte Press and Yearling Books and acquired Charlotte’s Web and Stuart Little from Harper for $37,500, “which in 1966 was all the money in the world,” Nicholson told Leonard S. Marcus for an article in the Horn Book.”

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  1. I had had the pleasure of meeting George, once back in the 90s, and again maybe 10 years ago. He was a very knowledgeable, passionate, warm person and I appreciated his valuable insights. I'm sorry to hear he's gone and hope he didn't suffer…

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