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Emile Capouya, 80, author, publisher of Joyce, Sartre

EAST MEREDITH, N.Y. -- Emile Capouya, who published literary giants such as Ezra Pound and James Joyce and later published his own collection of stories recounting his experiences as a young officer in the merchant marine, died Oct. 13.

He was 80.

Mr. Capouya, who began his professional career at the publisher New Directions in New York, died at his home in East Meredith in Delaware County, according to his family.

Besides Pound and Joyce, Mr. Capouya published works by Tennessee Williams and Jean-Paul Sartre while at New Directions.

He then worked as literary editor for The Nation from 1969 to 1981 and published articles and reviews for The New American Review, The New York Times, and The Saturday Review.

In 1986, he and his wife, Keitha, founded New Amsterdam Books, a publisher of literary fiction.

Mr. Capouya's own collection of semiautobiographical stories titled ''In the Sparrow Hills" (1993) won the Sue Kaufman Prize of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.

He also published a novella, ''The Rising of the Moon," in 2003.

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