By Jennifer 8. Lee | November 27, 2007
After a six-day auction between nine publishers,Â Twelve landed Ted Kennedy’s memoir for a reported $8+ million “people close to the negotiations said.” That’s an impressive coup for Jon Karp and Twelve. ($8 million is the ballpark amount for what Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair got for their autobiographies). The book, tentatively scheduled to come out in 2010, builds upon the oral history project that Kennedy has been working on through the Miller Center of the University of Virginia. He’s the first Kennedy in his generation to write an autobiography and the second longest serving senator after Robert Byrd of West Virginia. The project, launched in 2004 and expected to last several years, will include interviews with the senator, family members, colleagues, journalists, foreign leaders and others.
Kennedy’s agent was Robert B. Barnett, a Washington lawyer profiled on the front page of the New York Times by Sheryl Stolberg for charging hourly, rather than with a percentage basis for negotiating book deals for the Washington elite.
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