I know this question has been asked a million times already but here's my problem.
One of the best ways to find a suitable agent is (and in spite of it all I agree with this method) to look at the books we like or the books of authors who are writing stuff similar to ours and find out who their agents are. That makes sense to me but my problem is that I don't find contemporary literature appealing to me. I often go back to the classics, to the authors I love: Poe, Twain, Faulkner, Joyce, Dos Passos, Greene, etc. All of them are dead. How do I circumvent this bump in my agent search. I've sent a few queries already but, looking at the authors lists for those agents (the ones I have), I can't find someone whose writing I like. One of these agents I queried because she sold books with similar subject matters as mine. Another because of her author list, which impressed me. How does a person who's stuck in the classics find an agent? Thanks.