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Janet Wilkens Manus Literary Agent was an agent with Manus & Associates Literary Agency in New York City before she passed away November 21, 2013. Her authors won Edgar awards, Pulitzers, and other high honors for nonfiction and investigative journalism.

Literary Agent Janet Wilkens Manus was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and after high school graduation there, she graduated with a degree in geology from the University of Arizona School of Mines. She then went on to take a Masters degree in Education at Columbia Teachers College while her future husband, Justin, attended Columbia Law School. They married in 1955.

Janet Wilkens Manus Literary Agent worked at the Museum of Natural History in the gemology department and later established her own literary agency, which specialized in representing authors of “true crime” books. An avid reader, she loved words and stories, and was a champion sender of text messages. She also enjoyed theater and traveling with her family in Europe and throughout the US. Literary Agent Janet Wilkens Manus died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.

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Janet Wilkens Manus Literary Agent Biography

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Book Genres – Janet Wilkens Manus Literary Agent

Janet Wilkens Manus Literary Agent represented the following genres of books:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Representative Sales – Janet Wilkens Manus Literary Agent

The best known projects from Janet Wilkens Manus:

  • MAZE: SOLVE THE WORLD’S MOST CHALLENGING PUZZLE by Christopher Manson (Holt)
  • A MEDIEVAL HOME COMPANION: HOUSEKEEPING IN THE FOURTEENTH CENTURY by Tania Bayard (HarperCollins)
  • CARELESS WHISPERS, by Carleton Stowers (Pocket Books)
  • BULLY: A TRUE STORY OF HIGH SCHOOL REVENGE, by Jim Schutze (Avon)
  • DELIBERATE INDIFFERENCE: A STORY OF RACIAL INJUSTICE AND MURDER by Howard Swindle (Viking)

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