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Brown, Ned (1911-1996)



  • Existence: 1911 - 1996

Biographical History

Ned Brown (1911-1996) was a literary agent in Los Angeles, California.

Ned Brown was born August 26, 1911. Shortly before the outbreak of World War II, Brown started his own literary agency, Ned Brown Associated. He married Myra Berry in 1942 while she was working as a writers' secretary at Hollywood motion picture studios. Shortly after they were married, Brown enlisted in the Navy and his wife took over his offices while he was gone. They had three children: Lorna, Betsy, and Jonathon. Ned ran MCA's literary division until it was dismantled in 1963 and then started his own business, the Ned Brown Agency. Over the years, Brown represented several authors and screenwriters including Sherwood Anderson, Carlos Castaneda, Jackie Collins, Robert Heinlein, Paul Callico, and John Michael Hayes. Brown died on August 9, 1996.

Citation:, December 7, 2011 (born August 14, 1911; died August 9, 1996)

Publishers Weekly, August 26, 1996: vol. 243 no. 35 p. 34 (started his own literary agency; ran MCA's literary division; represented Sherwood Anderson, Carlos Castaneda, Jackie Collins, Robert Heinlein, Paul Callico, and John Michael Hayes)

Library of Congress Manuscript Division for the Papers of MacKinlay Kantor, 1885-1977(Ned Brown; correspondent; literary agent)

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Ned Brown papers

Identifier: MSS 6098
Scope and Contents

This collection contains the professional papers of Ned Brown, a literary agent in the second half of the twentieth century. The papers include correspondence, business records, play scripts, newspaper and magazine clippings, and other miscellaneous papers concerning his clients. These materials relate to his work with writing contracts for various plays and movies, including the contract for the screenplay of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

Dates: approximately 1951-1992

Ned Brown client files and contracts, 1951-1992

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6098 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains contracts, legal papers, correspondence, client files, and other papers. These materials come from Ned Brown's work as a literary agent and cover his work with play, book, and screenplay writers.

Dates: 1951-1992

Ned Brown oral history transcript, 1987 February 18

 Item — Carton 1: [Barcode: 31197239252882], Folder: 8
Identifier: MSS 9068 Item 3

Ned Brown play scripts, approximately 1970-1989

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6098 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains several scripts of plays produced by Ned Brown's literary agency.

Dates: approximately 1970-1989

Additional filters:

Archival Object 3
Collection 1
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 3
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 3
Literary agents 3
Publishers and Publishing -- United States 3
Scripts (Documents) 2