writ·er·ly | \ ˈrī-tər-lē \

Definition of writerly 

: of, relating to, or typical of a writer

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Three more are narrated by David Kepesh, a writerly academic who shares some of Mr. Roth’s preoccupations, women especially. New York Times, "Philip Roth, Towering Novelist Who Explored Lust, Jewish Life and America, Dies at 85," 22 May 2018 Such writerly panache is the true saving grace of Mr Orange’s chronicle. The Economist, "Tommy Orange’s debut novel is a work of defiance and recovery," 5 July 2018 Much of New York’s literary legacy is centered in Greenwich Village and Chelsea, but beyond the Algonquin, midtown Manhattan has a few writerly haunts worth visiting. Jennifer Larue, The Seattle Times, "Soaking up Manhattan’s literary history: A book lover’s bar-hopping guide," 2 July 2018 Three more are narrated by David Kepesh, a writerly academic who shares some of Mr. Roth’s preoccupations, women especially. Charles Mcgrath, BostonGlobe.com, "Philip Roth, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, dies at 85," 23 May 2018 The task of intertwining so many writerly lives in a single narrative seems destined to end in a massive doorstop or a shorter bundle of sketches, none satisfying. Meg Waite Clayton, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion,’ by Michelle Dean," 23 May 2018 With few exceptions, writerly ambition tends not to operate at a grand level. Geoff Dyer, New York Times, "The Magic of Books Where Photography Meets Essays," 18 Apr. 2018 At 100 minutes, the film is spare on blunt character arcs and writerly dialogue but rich in its director’s confident vision. Colin Covert, kansascity, "In masterful ‘The Rider,’ a cowboy faces life outside the rodeo," 31 May 2018 And yet, the portrait is not all writerly ego: Roth talks revealingly about one of his best novels, the slender, unforgettable The Ghost Writer and the television adaptation starring Bloom. Vogue, "A Domesticated Philip Roth? Vogue Profiles the Late Writer with Claire Bloom in 1983," 23 May 2018

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1957, in the meaning defined above

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