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Alice Mayhew, longtime Simon & Schuster editor, dead at 87

Alice Mayhew, the longtime Simon & Schuster editorial director who eschewed the spotlight while ushering through some of the biggest nonfiction blockbusters of the last 50 years, is dead at 87.

She died peacefully at her home on Feb. 4, according to S&S.

Mayhew joined the publisher in 1971 and developed a specialty in page-turning political narratives after she edited Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward’s 1974 best-seller “All the President’s Men.”

“Four authors published by her were awarded the Pulitzer Prize — Taylor Branch, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Diane McWhorter and Garry Wills,” noted S&S President and Chief Executive Carolyn Kroll Reidy, “and many others received prestigious honors and recognitions. Other works she published, such as Walter Isaacson’s ‘Steve Jobs’ and ‘Our Bodies, Ourselves’ from the Boston Women’s Health Book Collective, became lasting cultural touchstones.” Mayhew edited all 19 of Woodward’s subsequent books.

In recent years, many of Mayhew’s responsibilities were taken over by Priscilla Painton, but Mayhew continued to edit. Memorial service plans are pending, Simon & Schuster said.

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