man of letters

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n man of letters a man devoted to literary or scholarly activities
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • Man of letters a scholar and writer
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “You must not suppose, because I am a man of letters, that I never tried to earn an honest living.”

Idioms

Man of letters - A man of letters is someone who is an expert in the arts and literature, and often a writer too.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mann; Ger. mann, Dut. man, L. masmans, a male, Sans. manu, a man.

Usage

In literature:

They are the letters of a man who knows the truth in his own heart and will not admit it even to himself.
"The Last Hope" by Henry Seton Merriman
A man of letters, yes!
"Rome From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
A manly and soldier-like letter for a boy of fifteen!
"The Winning of Canada: A Chronicle of Wolf" by William Wood
Cicero is known to us in three great capacities: as a statesman, an advocate, and a man of letters.
"Life of Cicero" by Anthony Trollope
A man of letters, yes!
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
Thrusting the letter into her bosom she ran to Margaret's room, and, bursting into it, told her of the man and his sad message.
"Fair Margaret" by H. Rider Haggard
One of the Arab servants of the hotel announced that a man had a letter for Mrs. Jones.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
I ought sooner to have answered your kind letter, but you know I am a man of many sins.
"The Letters of Robert Burns" by Robert Burns
It consists of the letters of a very famous woman to the man whom she loved.
"The Avenger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
M. It may be a very difficult thing, perhaps, for a man of the best sense to write a love-letter that may not be cavilled at.
"Clarissa, Volume 4 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
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In poetry:

"Forego thy dreams of lettered ease,
Put thou the scholar's promise by,
The rights of man are more than these."
He heard, and answered: "Here am I!"
"Sumner" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Before man parted for this earthly strand,
While yet upon the verge of heaven he stood,
God put a heap of letters in his hand,
And bade him make with them what word he could.
"Revolutions" by Matthew Arnold
And, yet more, for the faith which embraces the whole,
Of the creeds of the ages the life and the soul,
Wherein letter and spirit the same channel run,
And man has not severed what God has made one!
"The Quaker Alumni" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Shadow! the fairest gift of June,
Gone like the rose the winter through,
Save in the ribbed anatomy
Of ebon line the moonlight drew,
Stark on the snow, of tower or tree,
Like letters of a dead man's rune.
"Shadow" by Richard Le Gallienne
I've studied Glanville and James the wise,
And wizard black-letter tomes which treat
Of demons of every name and size
Which a Christian man is presumed to meet,
But never a hint and never a line
Can I find of a reading fiend like mine.
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Oh, dearly beloved Professor Blackie, I must conclude my muse,
And to write in praise of thee my pen does not refuse;
Because you were a very Christian man, be it told,
Worthy of a monument, and your name written thereon in letters of gold.
"Lines in Praise of Professor Blackie" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

MAN OF LETTERS – Sign touts the Isaiah Thomas bookstore on Route 28 in Cotuit, a name perhaps forgotten by most passersby.
A Vancouver man accused of sending threatening letters to members of Congress faces additional charges.
MOBILE, Alabama — A Mobile man pleaded not guilty last week to charges that he sent threatening letters to the stepfather of a woman who rejected his advances.
Letter threatening Jackson's life determined to be written by father of man who killed Lincoln.
Wisconsin legislators sent a letter to a suburban Milwaukee police chief accusing his department of allowing a man who fatally shot his wife and two others at a spa to elude accountability in his past run-ins with the agency.
Paul Krekorian has been the butt of jokes since a constituent's fawning letter in the L.A. Councilman's online "Ask Paul" column turned out to have been made up by his PR man.
The sentencing for a Bristol man has been delayed after his attorney said he didn't receive one of two letters from his client listing witnesses he wanted to testify at the hearing, along with a map to locating those people.
Without question, Robert Maroney is a man of letters .
Cross,88: a veteran, man of letters .
A Man of Letters , and Now a Doctor.
A Man of Letters , Some Even Printable.
Painter, who was released from his letter of intent with Florida, was probably the last legitimately useful big man floating around in the Class of 2009.
Man of letters, man of Maui.
A Man of Letters, Some Even Printable.
A Man of Letters, Some Even Printable .
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