Definition of literary executor in English:

literary executor


  • A person entrusted with a dead writer's papers and copyrighted and unpublished works.

    ‘Landor, Dickens, and Carlyle appointed him their literary executor.’
    • ‘Churchill left a will on his death-bed, naming Wilkes as his literary executor.’
    • ‘After his death, his literary executors proposed to publish an edited version of these diaries, covering the period 1964-1966.’
    • ‘Although his literary executors denied her the right to quote from his private papers, she has succeeded in producing a thoroughly readable and consistently interesting account of his twin careers as composer and writer.’
    • ‘A little over three months later he was dead and she became a single mother and his literary executor.’
    • ‘He was well known in British intellectual life: he was one of Bentham's literary executors and had edited the first numbers of the Westminster Review; he was a friend of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.’
    • ‘Ideas would come thick and fast and yet be sorted out with wonderful clarity in that final message to one's literary executors.’
    • ‘His literary executors were seriously worried about the impact of his new work; one of them added a preface to temper the author's well-supported claims.’
    • ‘She was also one of Wittgenstein's literary executors and translators.’
    • ‘He was asked to be a literary executor: ‘I accepted this as an honor.’’
    • ‘She has made me her literary executor in her absence.’
    • ‘Note to my literary executor: if you ever dream of doing anything like this after I die, I'll come back from the dead and reach out of the toilet and unspool your guts while dragging you down to hell.’
    • ‘In one piece in this provocative selection of lectures, reviews and essays, he recalls visiting the widow of John Stewart Collis, who had made him his literary executor.’
    • ‘You can say anything and rationalize away any apparent errors without fear that some day you will be exposed as a fraud by your literary executor.’
    • ‘Apparently he was a sound committee man, a dab hand at memorial addresses, and a reliable literary executor.’
    • ‘But for the literary executor to complain about underwear is just too silly for words.’
    • ‘And as Orwell's literary executor, Sonia was determined to honour a wish he expressed perfectly clearly.’
    • ‘Hart-Davis was, serendipitously one might almost say, using the coinage of another Walpole, appointed Hugh's literary executor, and became inheritor of a usefully large proportion of his testator's posthumous earnings.’
    • ‘But being named literary executor does not necessarily prepare one for the task of editing the long-awaited second novel of one of America's finest writers.’
    • ‘Callahan is literary executor of Ralph Ellison's estate.’


literary executor

/ˌlidəˌrerē iɡˈzekyədər/ /ˌlɪdəˌrɛri ɪɡˈzɛkjədər/ /ˌlidəˌrerē eɡˈzekyədər/ /ˌlɪdəˌrɛri ɛɡˈzɛkjədər/