Susan Ann Protter (1939-2018)
Literary agent Susan Ann Protter, 78, died April 26, 2018 after a serious illness. Protter was born October 16, 1939 in Manhattan, grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, and spent most of her years on the Upper West Side. She attended Syracuse University, where she earned a master’s degree in French, and traveled the world extensively. She taught French briefly, then began working for Harper & Row in the subsidiary rights department (where, a lifelong progressive, she encouraged publishing workers to unionize). She became a literary agent in the 1970s, representing authors in various genres, including SF writers and editors Rudy Rucker, David Hartwell, and Kathryn Cramer.