Peter Matson, Co-Chairman at Sterling Lord Literistic (SLL)

The World According to Garp by John Irving

Peter Matson is Co-Chairman and agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc (SLL). Mr. Matson’s client list is certainly eclectic, the common thread being that all the writers he represents interest him personally. Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and John Irving’s The World According to Garp, a bestseller of which a film adaptation starring Robin Williams was released four years later, are among the most successful books he has sold. As an agent, Mr. Matson has represented books and stories by numerous accomplished authors including Ruth Rendell, Barry Lopez, and William Trevor. Relationships with clients Max Hastings and Alan Brinkley demonstrate Mr. Matson’s enthusiasm for historical narrative, in addition to fiction.

Mr. Matson built his own influential firm in 1979 and acquired clients Dee Brown and John Irving. Eight years later, Mr. Matson collaborated with Sterling Lord, whose early clients included the likes of Ken Kesey and Jack Kerouac, to create the prestigious agency Sterling Lord Literistic.

The full service literary agency represents a diverse group of writers, including New York Times bestsellers, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, literary and commercial novelists, journalists, scientists, politicians and authors of children’s literature. SLL clients include established authors as well talented, yet still emerging authors. To writers of all genres and repute, the Agency asserts that it is “equipped to represent every aspect of an author’s professional life.”

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