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: a person entrusted with the management of the papers and unpublished works of a deceased author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 Jon Shestack is producing Only Apparently Real, based in part on a biography written by Paul Williams, the one-time literary executor of Dick’s estate and friend of the author. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 June 2022 More than thirty years ago, Hazel Holt, Pym’s close friend and literary executor, published a biography of her. Thomas Mallon, The New Yorker, 30 May 2022 Both my father’s widow, Ilana Howe, and I, the literary executor of his estate, were unaware of this earlier publication. Nina Howe, The New York Review of Books, 10 Feb. 2022 Edward Mendelson, Auden’s literary executor, has been editing the ten-volume series for over three decades; Poems will complete it. Lucy Jakub, The New York Review of Books, 4 Dec. 2021 Hugo Vickers, her friend and literary executor, confirmed her death. New York Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Juneteenth, planned as a three-section epic, was collated from voluminous drafts by Ellison’s literary executor, John Callahan. Armond White, National Review, 23 June 2021 Oliver Soden, her literary executor, said the cause was heart and kidney failure. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 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, 27 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of literary executor

1849, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2022

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“Literary executor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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