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: a person entrusted with the management of the papers and unpublished works of a deceased author

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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 To be sure, people who leave copies of their own letters with literary executors permit them to make the letters available to biographers. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, "Should I Reveal That My Dad Pretended to Be a Vietnam Vet?," 25 Oct. 2017 Kafka named his friend literary executor, asking Brod to burn all of his writing after his death. Colin Dickey, Slate Magazine, "Red Pens and Invisible Ink," 15 May 2017

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1849, in the meaning defined above

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