Feb 19, 2021

By Andy Johnson

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She was a book editor who, in a reversal of the usual process, helped bring a “tearjerker” movie from 1970 to book stores.

Genevieve Young, played a key role in turning Erich Segal’s movie script into a book.

Young has died at her home in New York City after a long battle with cancer.

She entered the publishing business in the early 1950s when there were few female editors and even fewer Asians.  She was one of the first women in an editorial position in the publishing industry.

Her notable projects included Nancy Milford’s acclaimed biography of Zelda Fitzgerald and Stephen Birmingham’s popular social history, “Our Crowd.”

Genevieve Young was 89.

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