Amanda Urban

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Amanda "Binky" Urban (born Amanda Jane Urban on 30 October 1946)[1] is a literary agent with International Creative Management, Inc.

She paved the way for the success of Donna Tartt's first novel, The Secret History, by creating such media hype and buzz for creating a bidding war and demanding a huge advance (USD$450,000) for a first time novelist.[2][3] Tartt's novel was brought to her by fellow Bennington alum Bret Easton Ellis.

Among others, Urban represents Katherine Boo, Dominique Browning, Peter Carey, E.L. Doctorow, Jennifer Egan, Dexter Filkins, Richard Ford, Alan Furst, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Walter Isaacson, Kazuo Ishiguro, Mary Karr, Lawrence Lessig, Cormac McCarthy, Jay McInerney, Toni Morrison, Haruki Murakami, Michael Pollan, Anna Quindlen, Atticus Lish, and Mona Simpson.

Urban started her career as an executive assistant to Clay Felker at New York magazine.[4]

Urban has been married to The New Yorker staff writer Ken Auletta since 1977.[5] They have one adult daughter, Kate.[6]


  1. ^ Cityfile New York
  2. ^ "The Secret History: Whatever happened to Donna Tartt?" - The Independent (UK)
  3. ^ "The Marketing of a Cause Celebre" - The New York Times
  4. ^ Sheehy, Gail (2014). Daring: My Passages: A Memoir. William Morrow. ISBN 9780062291691. 
  5. ^ Amanda Urban entry in Who's Who In America
  6. ^ "The Handlers" - Women's Impact Report 2007 - Variety

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