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John Boswell (publishing-business figure)

John Boswell (born 1945) is a book packager, literary agent, and author in New York City.

He was the subject of a New York Times article on book packaging, which described it as coming up with the idea for a book, writing a proposal, and finding a writer.[1]

Two books he co-wrote, French for Cats (1992, with Henry Beard)[2] and O.J.'s Legal Pad (1995, with Henry Beard and Ron Barrett),[3] have reached the New York Times Best Seller list. On some book jackets, he also takes credit for co-writing the number-1 bestseller What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School,[4] although the only listed author is Mark H. McCormack.[5]

Boswell was also a producer of Leslie Nielsen's Stupid Little Golf Video and appears in it as an "unsuspecting golfer".


  1. ^ McDowell, Edwin (February 15, 1985). "Publishing: A Specialist in Packaging Books". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-28. (preview—subscription required for full article).
  2. ^ "Best Sellers: April 12, 1992". The New York Times. April 12, 1992. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  3. ^ "Paperback Best Sellers: July 23, 1995". The New York Times. July 23, 1995. Retrieved 2007-10-26.
  4. ^ Boswell, John; Skenazy, Lenore (2004). The Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook. Broadway. ISBN 978-0-7679-1907-4.
  5. ^ McCormack, Mark H. What They Don't Teach You at Harvard Business School. Bantam. ISBN 978-0-553-05061-5.