Definitions for: Author


[n] someone who originates or causes or initiates something; "he was the generator of several complaints"
[n]
[v] be the author of; "She authored this play"



Webster (1913) Definition: Au"thor ([add]"th[~e]r), n. [OE. authour, autour, OF.
autor, F. auteur, fr. L. auctor, sometimes, but erroneously,
written autor or author, fr. augere to increase, to produce.
See Auction, n.]
1. The beginner, former, or first mover of anything; hence,
the efficient cause of a thing; a creator; an originator.



Eternal King; thee, Author of all being. --Milton.

2. One who composes or writes a book; a composer, as
distinguished from an editor, translator, or compiler.

The chief glory of every people arises from its
authors. --Johnson.

3. The editor of a periodical. [Obs.]

4. An informant. [Archaic] --Chaucer.


Au"thor ([add]"th[~e]r), v. t.
1. To occasion; to originate. [Obs.]

Such an overthrow . . . I have authored. --Chapman.

2. To tell; to say; to declare. [Obs.]

More of him I dare not author. --Massinger.

Synonyms: generator, source, writer

See Also: abstracter, abstractor, Aiken, Alger, Algren, alliterator, Ambrose Bierce, Ambrose Gwinett Bierce, Andersen, Anderson, Aragon, Asch, Asimov, Auchincloss, Austen, authoress, Baldwin, Baraka, Barth, Barthelme, Baum, Beckett, Beerbohm, Bellow, Benchley, Benet, Bierce, biographer, coauthor, co-author, coiner, commentator, communicator, compiler, compose, Conrad Aiken, Conrad Potter Aiken, contributor, Donald Barthelme, drafter, dramatist, encyclopedist, essayist, folk writer, framer, Frank Baum, gagman, gagster, gagwriter, ghost, ghost, ghostwrite, ghostwriter, Gothic romancer, hack, hack writer, Hans Christian Andersen, Horatio Alger, Imamu Amiri Baraka, indite, Isaac Asimov, James Arthur Baldwin, James Baldwin, Jane Austen, John Barth, John Simmons Barth, joint author, journalist, LeRoi Jones, librettist, literary hack, litterateur, Louis Aragon, Louis Auchincloss, Louis Stanton Auchincloss, Lyman Frank Brown, lyricist, maker, Max Beerbohm, Nelson Algren, novelist, pamphleteer, paragrapher, pen, playwright, poet, poetiser, poetizer, reviewer, rhymer, rhymester, Robert Benchley, Robert Charles Benchley, Samuel Beckett, Saul Bellow, scenarist, scriptwriter, Shalom Asch, shaper, Sherwood Anderson, Sholem Asch, Sholom Asch, Sir Henry Maxmilian Beerbohm, space writer, speechwriter, tragedian, versifier, William Rose Benet, wordmonger, word-painter, wordsmith, write

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In Endless Quest books, you start the plot, and the character has to make choices. Then you have to write one choice over here, one choice over there. The author might get one or two choices out.

-- Margaret Weis (American Writer)

I did about 2000 covers altogether, for all sorts of books - from Shakespeare to James Bond - and I always had the idea that I must give 100%, no matter who the author was.

-- Dick Bruna ( Artist)

Book tours are almost designed to beat out of an author any affection he has for his book.

-- Michael Lewis ( -)

No entertainment is so cheap as reading, nor any pleasure so lasting. She will not want new fashions nor regret the loss of expensive diversions or variety of company if she can be amused with an author in her closet.

-- Mary Wortley (English Royalty)

The prime goal of an author is the same as a musician, which is to emotionally connect with the reader in some way or another.

-- Ken Hill (British Playwright)

Sometimes the reader will decide something else than the author's intent; this is certainly true of attempts to empirically decipher reality.

-- John M. Ford (American Writer)

For a dyed-in-the-wool author, nothing is as dead as a book once it is written. She is rather like a cat whose kittens have grown up.

-- Rumer Godden (English Novelist)

It is conceivable that what is unified form to the author or composer may of necessity be formless to his audience.

-- Charles Ives (American Composer)

When a French book becomes an international hit it is because of the author and not because of the language. The same goes for movies.

-- Jean-Jacques Annaud (French Director)

Almost anyone can be an author; the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.

-- A. A. Milne (English Author)

The author knows just what he wants to illustrate and how he would like it to be done.

-- Louis Leakey (British Scientist)

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald (American Author)

An SF author who reads only SF will have little new to contribute, but someone with a broader experience will bring more to the table.

-- Walter Jon Williams (American Writer)

If the work is poor, the public taste will soon do it justice. And the author, reaping neither glory nor fortune, will learn by hard experience how to correct his mistakes.

-- Jacques-Louis David (French Artist)

Truth is Mormonism. God is the author of it.

-- Joseph Smith, Jr. (American Clergyman)

A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when the author leads us to one particular door, we know it is the right one because it opens.

-- John Updike (American Novelist)

The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.

-- Edward Gibbon (English Historian)

With any work worth its salt, you have to trust the author enough to take its measure. And if you apply too many preconceptions, you are not taking its measure.

-- Art Spiegelman (American Artist)

Becoming a mother cannot help but change things. An author's life is reflected in their writing, whether they want it to be or not, and parenthood is one of the biggest life changes there is.

-- Sarah Zettel (American Author)

The secret to being a writer is that you have to write. It's not enough to think about writing or to study literature or plan a future life as an author. You really have to lock yourself away, alone, and get to work.

-- Augusten Burroughs (American Writer)

Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.

-- Jean de la Bruyere (French Philosopher)

But to me I find Francis Bacon the most likely candidate to be the author.

-- Mark Rylance (English Actor)

We wanted to create an environment where if a game player enjoyed the "writing style" of a particular game designer, he or she could look for the next game by that same author and not be disappointed.

-- David Crane ( -)

Time made me change. I gradually woke up to the realization that this is who I am, an author, a public figure, and I couldn't just hide in my study, tapping away at the keyboard and pretend that I didn't have a role to play beyond stringing words together.

-- David Guterson (American Author)

An author knows his landscape best; he can stand around, smell the wind, get a feel for his place.

-- Tony Hillerman (American Author)

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

-- Charles de Montesquieu (French Philosopher)

An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.

-- Benjamin Disraeli (British Statesman)

The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.

-- Edward Gibbon (English Historian)

Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it.

-- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (French Novelist)

One might almost reckon mathematically that, having undergone the double composition of public opinion and of the author, their history reaches us at third hand and is thus separated by two stages from the original fact.

-- Alfred de Vigny (French Poet)

I have never known a novel that was good enough to be good in spite of its being adapted to the author's political views.

-- Edith Wharton (American Author)

I have no intention of becoming a shorthand author.

-- Isaac Pitman (English Inventor)

The more gifted and talkative one's characters are, the greater the chances of their resembling the author in tone or tint of mind.

-- Vladimir Nabokov (American Novelist)

The author, in his work, must be like God in the Universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.

-- Gustave Flaubert (French Novelist)

The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.

-- Samuel Butler (British Poet)


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