literary executor


Definition of literary executor

: a person entrusted with the management of the papers and unpublished works of a deceased author

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Recent Examples on the Web Although unpublished, they can be read in Special Collections at the Vassar College Library, which acquired them after the death of Bishop’s literary executor, Alice Methfessel, in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 His literary executor, Wendy Strothman, confirmed the death but did not give a cause. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Donald Hall, former U.S. poet laureate who wrote of nature and loss, dies at 89," 24 June 2018 Nor does the Lady Macbeth of Williams’s life, his literary executor Maria Britneva, who both tried to marry Laughlin and terrorized him through her control of the Williams copyrights. Ethan Mordden, WSJ, "‘The Luck of Friendship’ Review: Dear Playwright, Dear Publisher," 9 Mar. 2018 Lanzmann’s decision to sell the letters from his former lover was impelled by a conflict with de Beauvoir’s adopted daughter, Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, who is the philosopher’s literary executor. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why a Collection of Simone de Beauvoir’s Love Letters Were Just Sold to Yale," 24 Jan. 2018 Wanted: an up-and-coming poet to serve as her heir and literary executor. Sheri Linden,, "'Maya Dardel' succumbs to the pretentiousness it aims to subvert," 2 Nov. 2017

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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