Authorship



origin, especially with reference to an , creator, producer, etc., of a work:
establishing the authorship of early medieval manuscripts.
the occupation or career of writing books, articles, etc.
Contemporary Examples

Then last weekend the Sunday Times broke the story of her authorship, and Rowling quickly fessed up.
J.K. Rowling’s Hardboiled Hoax Malcolm Jones July 16, 2013

The fact that FDR died before the postwar world he planned came into existence often denies him his rightful share of authorship.
How Obama Can Restore American Idealism Ted Widmer November 8, 2008

Well, did he look into the authorship question at the time, when he was made aware?
Michael Tomasky: Time for Ron Paul to Fully Answer Racism Charges Michael Tomasky December 22, 2011

Historical Examples

He had practically admitted his authorship of the notice in the Winnipeg paper.
The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum

Although their authorship was not acknowledged, it was strongly suspected.
The Works of Whittier, Volume III (of VII) John Greenleaf Whittier

Association of ideas is a nursing mother to the fertility of authorship.
Calamities and Quarrels of Authors Isaac Disraeli

Now what is that sort of thing but a regular piece of authorship?
Phaedrus Plato

The Bishop appears to have copied some of them in his own hand, and certainly was acquainted with the authorship.
The Age of Dryden Richard Garnett

Internal evidence seems to leave the question of authorship in doubt.
Menexenus Plato

Harcourt’s early success had made him an early author; but he already felt that his authorship was unavailing.
The Bertrams Anthony Trollope

noun
the origin or originator of a written work, plan, etc: a book of unknown authorship
the profession of writing books
n.

c.1500, “the function of being a writer,” from author (n.) + -ship. Meaning “literary origin” is attested from 1825.

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