novelist

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n novelist one who writes novels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first known American novelist to hand in a manuscript that was typed was Mark Twain. His typewriter was a Remington No.1, which was invented by Christopher Sholes and Carlos Glidden.
    • Novelist A writer of a novel or novels.
    • Novelist A writer of news.
    • Novelist An innovator; an asserter of novelty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: American novelist Mark Twain was the first known author to submit a typed manuscript
    • n novelist An innovator; a promoter of novelty.
    • n novelist A writer of news.
    • n novelist A writer of novels.
    • n novelist A novice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, novelist Morgan Robertson published a novel called "Futility". The story was about an ocean liner that struck an iceberg on an April night. The name of the ship in his novel was The Titan.
    • n Novelist a novel-writer: an innovator
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There never was a good biography of a good novelist. There couldn't be. He is too many people, if he's any good.”
  • William Golding
    William Golding
    “Novelists do not write as birds sing, by the push of nature. It is part of the job that there should be much routine and some daily stuff on the level of carpentry.”
  • Ian Mcewan
    Ian Mcewan
    “By measuring individual human worth, the novelist reveals the full enormity of the State's crime when it sets out to crush that individuality.”
  • Vladimir Nabokov
    Vladimir%20Nabokov
    “A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    H.%20L.%20Mencken
    “Historian -- an unsuccessful novelist.”
  • Norman Mailer
    Norman%20Mailer
    “If a person is not talented enough to be a novelist, not smart enough to be a lawyer, and his hands are too shaky to perform operations, he becomes a journalist.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. nouvelliste, It. novellista,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. novel (Fr. nouveau)—L. novellusnovus.

Usage

In literature:

Robert Hamerling, the Austrian novelist, loved to compose in bed in the early hours of morning.
"Methods of Authors" by Hugo Erichsen
So he went to the novelist, and gave him a commission to that effect.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
He is one of the great realists of English fiction, for even considered as a novelist he makes fascinating reading.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 6" by Various
We novelists are the showmen of life.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
The Russian novelist, Tourgenieff, was also one of the speakers.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
A useful abridgment was carried out in 1903 by the novelist George Gissing.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
See how great a man is the true novelist!
"From Sea to Sea" by Rudyard Kipling
He was a great novelist besides being a great poet.
"An Outline of Russian Literature" by Maurice Baring
These undoubtedly offered unconscious studies to the future novelist.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Minor and later Novelists.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
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In poetry:

Boccaccio was a novelist, a child
Of fancy and of fiction at the best!
This the urbane librarian said, and smiled
Incredulous, as at some idle jest.
"Monte Cassino. Terra Di Lavoro. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The novelist tangential on the boardwalk overhead
Seeks his cure of souls in his own anxious gaze.
"Here," he says, "With whom?" he asks, "This?" he questions,
"What tedium, what blaze?"
"Far Rockaway" by Delmore Schwartz

In news:

On Thursday, Nov 18, novelist John Updike spoke at the Center for Religious Inquiry at St Bartholomew's Church in New York City.
Joan Cartan-Hansen talks with the novelist and poet about his work and influence, and about insights gleaned from a half century of literary excellence.
A conversation with the novelist about the mystery of existence.
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Essayist Friday, October 24, 2003.
An admired novelist overcomes writer's block by imagining his dream girl.
The novelist, Salman Rushdie, author of "The Satanic Verses," said he was taking the threat seriously.
Kurt Vonnegut , Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead at 84.
At 26, Irish novelist Cecelia Ahern has an impressive resume.
Novelist, philanthropist, and former physicist.
Meet Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper, "The Hangover Part II"), a near-penniless SciFi novelist with an impending deadline, writer's block and not one word put to digital paper.
Oct 8, 2012 (All Things Considered) — Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's 1983 novel Silent House is being released in English for the first time this week.
Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk's 1983 novel Silent House is being released in English for the first time this week.
AS this century and millennium slouch wearily toward their end, novelists -- like sociologists, historians and journalistic pundits -- have been busy, making their own prognostications about the future.
Confessions of an Obsessively Jealous MFA Workshop Colleague of Successful Novelist Joshua Ferris.
When Catherine Millet 's memoir, The Sexual Life of Catherine M. Was published in 2002, novelist Edmund White called it "the most explicit book about sex ever written by a woman".
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