Ash Green, Knopf Senior Editor, Dies at 84

Ash Green, Knopf Senior Editor, Dies at 84

Ash Green
Ashbel Green, 1928-2012

It is with the greatest sadness that we share the news that Ashbel Green, a former vice president and beloved senior editor at Knopf, died September 18th at the age of 84.

Ash started at Knopf in 1964, and worked with a distinguished, celebrated, and best-selling list of writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, George H. W. Bush, Andre Sakharov, Vaclav Havel, Ken Burns, John Keegan, Joseph Ellis, Max Hastings, Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, George Mitchell, Ernest Gaines, Philip Caputo, Geoffrey Ward, Alan Riding, Janine di Giovanni, Thomas Sanchez, George V. Higgins, Michael Dobbs, Winston Groom, Ross Macdonald, and many, many others.

Ash was born in New York City and earned his B.A. and M.A. at Columbia University. He died near his home in Connecticut, while dining with his wife Betsy Osha.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 23rd at 1:00 pm at Calvary Church in Stonington.

Some remembrances from Ash’s colleagues:

“He was part of the fabric of this place. He was such a decent, decent man.” —Jonathan Segal, Knopf editor

“He was an editor’s editor. Those kind of people are rare in any generation. The last few years weren’t easy, but he made it seem easy.” —Gary Fisketjon, Knopf editor

“He was a mentor to me by example. He never had a bad thing to say about anybody. He was unflappable. He handled bad news with equanimity. He handled authors and agents so well and was always so kind—which is harder than it seems.” —Andrew Miller, Knopf editor

“You could hear his typewriter from anywhere on the floor. He was a classic editor with a red pencil.” —Paul Bogaards, director of publicity at Knopf

To read more about Ash’s exceptional career, read more in The New York Times and The New York Observer.