af·​ter·​word | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌwərd How to pronounce afterword (audio) \

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The novel has a foreword by an eminent critic and an afterword by the author herself. the author included an afterword about developments in cancer treatment since the book was written
Recent Examples on the Web The book also features an introduction by James O’Hare and an afterword by Jaime Lombardo, both fellow managing partners at Act 3. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Solon cartoonist chronicles ‘year everybody wants to forget’ in new book," 18 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, for The Undoing, HBO didn’t even insert an afterword about domestic violence or list resources victims could call upon. Eve Gerber, The Atlantic, "The Undoing Treats Domestic Violence Like a Striptease," 2 Dec. 2020 Contributor Sandra Cisneros and co-editors Kathy Sosa and Ellen Riojas Clark will take part in the chat, which will be moderated by Norma Elia Cantú, who wrote the afterword. Deborah Martin,, "New book ‘Revolutionary Women of Texas and Mexico’ reclaims ‘names that should be known’ for history," 1 Dec. 2020 In an afterword, the scholar steps aside and the walker recounts two nocturnal ambles of his own, in London and Paris. Willard Spiegelman, WSJ, "‘The Walker’ Review: The Art of the Stroll," 23 Oct. 2020 This essay is adapted from the author’s afterword to a new edition of Richard Wright’s Native Son issued by Vintage Classics to mark the eightieth anniversary of the novel’s original publication. Gary Younge, The New York Review of Books, "The Bleak Resonance of ‘Native Son’," 1 Oct. 2020 Adapted from the afterword to Predicting the Past, the catalog of the Shimmel Zohar retrospective at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, in San Francisco, whose opening, long COVID-delayed, may finally be coming any day now. Lawrence Weschler, The Atlantic, "The Uncanny Tale of Shimmel Zohar," 7 Sep. 2020 In an afterword, Preus offers a pronunciation guide for the French phrases sprinkled throughout. Lenora Todaro, New York Times, "A Tragicomic Tale of Wanderlust and the Fur Trade, Told by a Squirrel," 11 Apr. 2020 Bellak wrote in the book’s afterword about the lost memories of her farewell with Renia. Washington Post, "Before Anne Frank, there was Renia Spiegel: The ominous message of a long-forgotten World War II diary," 18 Sep. 2019

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1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of afterword was in 1890

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“Afterword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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: a final section that comes after the main part of a book

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