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An author is any person(s) or entity(s) that originates and assumes responsibility for an expression or communication. Authors should be responsible for acknowledging contributors. Look up author in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Authorship of articles, books and other original works is a primary basis on which many academics are evaluated for employment, promotion, and tenure. ...


Frequently, the word author is used to suggest a person who creates a written work, such as a book, story, article, or the like, whether short or long, fiction or nonfiction, poetry or prose, technical or literary. For purposes of copyright, an author may be a corporation as well an individual. Chinese Jade ornament with flower design, Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD), Shanghai Museum. ... For other uses, see Book (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Fiction (disambiguation). ... Non-fiction is a truthful account or representation of a subject which is composed of facts. ... This article is about the art form. ... Prose is writing distinguished from poetry by its greater variety of rhythm and its closer resemblance to the patterns of everyday speech. ... Old book bindings at the Merton College library. ...


In literary theory, the author function is the writer of a work as seen by the reader. Each work by the same author has a separate author function, and each work by numerous or unknown authors has a single distinct author function. In the wake of postmodern literature, Roland Barthes in his seminal essay Death of the Author (1968) and other literary critics have questioned this function, i.e. the relevance of the authorship to a text's meaning. This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Death of the Author (1967) is an essay by the French literary critic Roland Barthes that was first published in the American journal Aspen. ... Relevance is a term used to describe how pertinent, connected, or applicable some information is to a given matter. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ...


Some historical financial arrangements between authors and publishers

A percentage (calculated on a wholesale or a retail price) or fixed amount, on each book sold. Publishers, at times, reduced the risk of this type of arrangement, by agreeing only to pay this after a certain amount of copies had sold. In Canada this practice occurred during the 1890s, but was not commonplace until the 1920s.

  • Commissioned: Publishers made publication arrangements, and authors covered all expenses (today the practice of authors paying for their publications is often called vanity publishing, and is looked down upon by many publishers, even though it may have been a common and accepted practice in the past). Publishers would receive a percentage on the sale of every copy of a book, and the author would receive the rest of the money made.

This article or section should include material from vanity publisher A vanity press is a printer who acts like a publisher that charges writers a fee in return for publishing their books. ... Gefen Publishing House, is dedicated to producing a broad range of quality titles relating to Judaism, Jewish thought, and Israel, including history, the Holocaust, art, childrens books, philosophy, science, biographies, and more. ...

Legal usage

In copyright law the term "author" is used to describe the creator of any work, be it written, painted, sculpted, music, a photograph or a film. A work can have multiple authors, defined under the and a work made for hire can be "authored" by a corporation or other business entity. Not to be confused with copywriting. ... A work for hire is an exception to the general rule that the person who creates a work is the author of that work. ...


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Look up authorship in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (a portmanteau of wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... This article is about the literary concept. ... A writer is anyone who creates a written work, although the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. ... The following are lists of authors and writers: // By name A – B – C – D – E – F – G – H – I – J – K – L – M – N – O – P – Q – R – S – T – U – V – W – X – Y – Z By type of writing or genre List of biographers List of childrens literature... This is a list of poets. ... Well-known authors of novels, listed by country: See also: Lists of authors, List of poets, List of playwrights, List of short story authors // Albania Ismail Kadare Ancient Latin Authors Petronius Argentina Marcos Aguinis César Aira Federico Andahazi Roberto Arlt Adolfo Bioy Casares Abelardo Castillo Julio Cortázar, (1914... Professional Writing refers to a wide spectrum of writing for academic or scientific journals, business reports, position papers, policy statements, and similar endeavors. ... Authorship of articles, books and other original works is a primary basis on which many academics are evaluated for employment, promotion, and tenure. ...


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Author Webliography (2353 words)
Admittedly, most of these authors are "literary." I have not included many authors from genres such as science fiction or romance.
Author guide focusing on Milton Resources available at the LSU Libraries.
Author guide focusing on Shakespeare Resources available at the LSU Libraries.
Penguin Reading Guides | Author, Author | David Lodge (2113 words)
Author, Author, David Lodge's brilliant fictional portrait of Henry James, begins on James's deathbed as the exhausted and disoriented author is about to be awarded Britain's highest civilian honor, the Order of Merit.
After submitting the beauty and subtlety of his writing to the practical demands of the stage, with its endless delays, maddening rounds of revisions, unreliable producers, and fickle audiences bred on farces and crude entertainments, James's hopes for fame and fortune met with crushing disappointment.
Author, Author, however, is very much more than simply a re-creation of James's failure in the theater.
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