Definition of literary executor in English:

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literary executor


A person entrusted with a dead writer’s papers and copyrighted and unpublished works.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: lit·er·ar·y ex·ec·u·tor

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