Digby Diehl, the former editor-in-chief of Abrams and founding member of the National Book Critics' Circle, died on September 26. Diehl, who also co-wrote and edited more than three dozen books with a focus on celebrity memoirs, was 76.
In addition to his time at Abrams, Diehl worked as an on-air book reviewer and commentator on MSNBC and ABC’s Good Morning America before serving as founding editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review. He was also a book columnist for Playboy and AARP the Magazine.
As an author, he worked with celebrities like Patti LuPone, Natalie Cole, and Dan Rather on autobiographies and memoirs. He also wrote individual books about companies including NBC and Budweiser, as well as a history of the seminal EC Horror Comics series Tales from the Crypt.
Diehl is survived by his wife, Kay Beyer Diehl, and a daughter, Dylan.