Mark Felt to literary agent in 1992: ‘I was not Deep Throat’

This morning’s post about the Washington Post winning a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage 40 years ago this week brought this Facebook wall comment from Tim Hays:

When I got into the literary agent biz, in 1990, I met, and made friends with, a wonderfully charming former FBI agent by the name of Mark Felt. He wanted me to shop his novel. I demurred: it wasn’t poignant enough. But I kept up our relationship.

In 1992, I asked him if he was, in fact, Deep Throat. He denied it, in a signed letter to me.

Thirteen years later, Felt admitted he was Deep Throat.

Hays shares his correspondence with Romenesko readers.

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UPDATE: Hays asked me to redact the first paragraph of his letter.

* Here’s the 1992 Atlantic article that Felt references (theatlantic.com)


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