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addendum, appendix, codicil, excursus, supplement


foreword, introduction, preface, prologue (also prolog)

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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

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There’s a sobering afterword on how political forces, renewed bloodshed and mounting land disputes have undermined the treaty and peace process. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "At ACT Theatre, ‘Oslo’ finds crackling drama in back-channel negotiations," 23 Oct. 2018 The book is a compilation of 100 of my memorable columns from the 1,047 I wrote for the Daily News and Inquirer between 2001-16, each with a new afterword. Michael Smerconish,, "Why I'm donating the profits of my book to this amazing Philly organization | Michael Smerconish," 25 May 2018 Adding that afterword, DeWitt writes her struggles into the history of her novel. James Wood, The New Yorker, "Helen DeWitt Has Your Number," 27 Oct. 2017 At the other extreme, the exquisite silence of the plates in lavish monographs is sometimes protected by only the slimmest prefaces or afterwords. Geoff Dyer, New York Times, "The Magic of Books Where Photography Meets Essays," 18 Apr. 2018 Walton follows each story with a brief afterword elaborating on some combination of its origins and publication history, often debating whether the work is, in fact, a story. Amal El-mohtar, New York Times, "The Latest in Science Fiction and Fantasy," 21 Feb. 2018 The afterword of the report was written by Happer of Princeton. Scott Waldman, Scientific American, "Scientists Favor Transparency, but Say EPA Plan Will Limit It," 25 Apr. 2018 Her husband, actor Patton Oswalt, has written the afterword. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "5 new books not to miss this week, including self-help by Maria Shriver," 25 Feb. 2018 In his afterword, Oswalt — who has agreed to undertake publicity duties for Dark — hints that the next generation of GSK sleuths may be close to home. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "How Patton Oswalt, friends brought his late wife's book about a serial killer to fruition," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of afterword

1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of afterword was in 1890

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English Language Learners Definition of afterword

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

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