Hilary Rubinstein (1926-2012)

Literary agent and editor Hilary Rubinstein,  86, died May 22, 2012 in London.

Rubinstein entered the field in 1950 when he began working for his uncle, publishing giant Victor Gollancz. Rubinstein founded the Gollancz SF line, and encouraged his friend Kingsley Amis to write for the publisher. Rubinstein worked for Gollancz until 1963, then joined the Observer Magazine as a features editor. In 1965 he became a literary agent at the venerable A.P. Wyatt, where he rose to the position of managing director and represented various authors (including some in the SF field) and the estates of G.K. Chesterton, Rudyard Kipling, and H.G. Wells, among others. He remained with the agency until 1992.

Hilary Harold Rubinstein was born April 24, 1926 in London. He studied at Cheltenham College and at Merton before serving in the Royal Air Force from 1944-47. He is surived by his wife Helge Kitzinger (married 1955) and their four children.