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Byron Dobell (May 30, 1927 – January 21, 2017) was an American writer, editor, and artist.

Dobell was born in New York City. He studied at Columbia University earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947.

He is call as "one of the most respected and accomplished editors in New York magazine publishing history". He was the editor of several popular American magazines, including American Heritage and Esquire.[1] He is known for helping the early careers of many writers such as Tom Wolfe, David Halberstam and Mario Puzo.

In 1998, Dobell was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editors Hall of Fame.[2]

Dobell died in New York City on January 21, 2017 from complications of Parkinson's disease, aged 89.[3]


  1. Reagan, Gillian. "Byron Dobell, Former Ubiquitous New York Editor, Opens Art Show", The Observer, 7 July 2012. Accessed 8 June 2016.
  2. "Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame", American Society of Magazine Editors. Accessed 8 June 2016
  3. Byron Dobell, Whose Editing Helped Change Journalism, Dies at 89

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