John Updike

Judith Jones dies at 93; changed American cuisine by publishing Julia Child

Judith Jones dies at 93; changed American cuisine by publishing Julia Child

Judith Jones, a consummate literary editor who helped revolutionize American cuisine by publishing Julia Child and other groundbreaking cookbook authors, worked for decades with John Updike and Anne Tyler and helped introduce English-language readers to "The Diary of Anne Frank," has died at age 93.

Jones, who spent more than 50 years at Alfred A. Knopf before retiring in 2011, died early Wednesday at her summer home in Walden, Vt. Her stepdaughter, Bronwyn Dunne, said she died of complications from Alzheimer's disease.

Few better embodied and lived out the ideal of a life in New York publishing than the slender, refined Jones, whom Tyler once praised, both a...

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