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Robert Loomis, Maya Angelou’s Book Editor, Dies at 93 – Variety



Legendary e-book editor Robert Loomis died on Sunday in Stony Brook, N.Y. He was 93.

He died at Stony Brook College Hospital after he had fallen at residence.

Loomis spent his greater than 50 years in e-book publishing at Random Home. His roster of authors included Maya Angelou, Daniel J. Boorstin, Wlliam Styron, Calvin Trillin, Edmund Morris, Shelby Foote, Jim Lehrer and David Rockefeller.

He edited 31 books by Angelou, together with her first, “I Know Why the Caged Hen Sings,” in 1969.

”We’re an merchandise,” Angelou as soon as informed the New York Instances. ”I’d go together with Bob if he left and went to a college press. He is aware of what I hope to attain in all my work. I don’t know anyone as fierce, merely fierce, however he’s as tender as he’s robust.”

Neil Sheehan’s tome “A Vivid Shining Lie: John Paul Vann and America in Vietnam” took the creator 16 years to write down with Loomis by his facet the whole time. When it was printed 1988, it gained the Nationwide Ebook Award. That very same yr, one other e-book edited by Loomis, Peter Dexter’s novel “Paris Trout,” gained the fiction award.

Born in Ohio, Loomis informed Vainness Honest in 2011 that he grew to become an editor as a result of his personal prose wasn’t adequate to make it as a author. “I wrote a variety of fiction, but it surely was simply school stuff,” he stated. “It appears to me it’s important to be so assured in your self to turn into a author.”

Loomis is survived by a daughter, Fox Searchlight’s Diana Loomis, from his first marriage to literary agent Gloria Colliani, a son Miles from his second marriage to Norman Mailer biographer Hilary Mills Loomis, and two grandsons.

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