literary executor


Definition of literary executor

: a person entrusted with the management of the papers and unpublished works of a deceased author

Examples of literary executor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Oliver Soden, her literary executor, said the cause was heart and kidney failure. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Jill Paton Walsh, Multigenerational Writer, Dies at 83," 18 Nov. 2020 Bowden was married twice and had many relationships, including with the person who became his literary executor, Mary Martha Miles, misidentified in the piece as his second wife. Matt Mcleod, Harper's Magazine, "Letters," 27 Oct. 2020 When his father died in 1973, the younger Tolkien became his literary executor. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Christopher Tolkien, Son of J.R.R. Tolkien and ‘First Scholar’ of Middle-Earth, Dies at 95," 17 Jan. 2020 Alex Preston, his grandson and literary executor, sought to reconcile Professor Hynes’s roles as a gladiatorial warrior and a pensive professor who continued writing almost to the end. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Samuel Hynes, Professor Whose Books Taught Lessons of War, Dies at 95," 18 Oct. 2019 Although unpublished, they can be read in Special Collections at the Vassar College Library, which acquired them after the death of Bishop’s literary executor, Alice Methfessel, in 2009. Langdon Hammer, The New York Review of Books, "Letters: Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘Art Form or Something’," 25 Feb. 2020 Hoffe’s mother, Esther Hoffe, had been the secretary to Max Brod, a prolific German-speaking Czech writer who was Kafka’s closest friend and appointed literary executor. Washington Post, "Israel unveils Franz Kafka’s papers after a legal battle that was, well, Kafkaesque," 9 Aug. 2019 Paul Wilson’s translation of Bohumil Hrabal’s early stories, Mr. Kafka and Other Tales from the Time of the Cult, is published this month. (November 2015) Blair Worden is Hugh Trevor-Roper’s literary executor. The New York Review of Books, "Contents," 9 Jan. 2014 His death was announced by Wendy Strothman, Mr. Hall’s literary executor. David Mehegan And Joseph P. Kahn,, "Donald Hall, former US poet laureate known for his ties to New Hampshire, dies at 89," 24 June 2018

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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