Roslyn Targ, a longtime Manhattan literary agent who worked with some of the biggest writers of her day and brought translated American works to Europe, died in her Greenwich Village apartment on October 29. She was 92.
Born Roslyn Siegel, Targ graduated from Hunter College in 1949 and soon joined the Franz J. Horch agency. By 1969—then married to Bill Targ, a former editor-in-chief of Putnam and World Publishing, who died in 1999—she had bought the agency and was serving as its president.
Among the authors she worked with were Italo Calvino, Henry Roth, Samuel Beckett, Erich Maria Remarque, Harold Robbins, and Norman Mailer. She was considered an expert in foreign translation rights in particular, working to bring the works of such writers as F. Scott Fitzgerald, J. D. Salinger, Harper Lee, John Dos Passos, and Sherwood Anderson to European audiences in particular.
Targ retired in 2000, at age 85. At her request, there will be no service.