Owen Laster, the former head of the William Morris Agency’s worldwide literary division who spent his entire career at that agency until he retired in 2006, has died of cancer. He was 72. Laster was a classy dealmaker and represented the likes of James Michener, Ralph Ellison, Edward Albee and Gore Vidal. He was a key player on the New York literary scene for  decades and made many big deals in an understated manner. Here is his obit from The New York Times.