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author (n.)

14世纪中叶, auctorautourautor "父亲,创造者,带来的人,制造或创造的人"某人或某事,来自古法语 auctoracteor "作者,始作俑者,创造者,煽动者"(12世纪,现代法语 auteur ),直接来自拉丁语 auctor "推动者,生产者,父亲,祖先。建设者、创始人;值得信赖的作家、权威;历史学家;表演者、实干家;责任者、教师",字面意思是"使人成长的人",代理名词来自 auctusaugere "增加"的过去分词,来自PIE根 *aug- (1)"增加"。"

从14世纪晚期作为"作家,提出书面陈述的人,著作的原作者"(区别于 compilertranslatorcopyist 等)。也是从14世纪末开始作为"权威信息或意见的来源",现在已经过时了,但是 authority ,等背后的意义。在中古英语中,该词有时与 actor 混淆。16世纪, -t- 改为 -th- ,在中世纪拉丁语中的变化模式上,误认为希腊语起源,与 authentic 混淆。

...[W]riting means revealing oneself to excess .... This is why one can never be alone enough when one writes, why even night is not night enough. ... I have often thought that the best mode of life for me would be to sit in the innermost room of a spacious locked cellar with my writing things and a lamp. Food would be brought and always put down far away from my room, outside the cellar's outermost door. The walk to my food, in my dressing gown, through the vaulted cellars, would be my only exercise. I would then return to my table, eat slowly and with deliberation, then start writing again at once. And how I would write! From what depths I would drag it up! [Franz Kafka, "Letters to Felice," 1913]

author (v.)

1590年代,"做,起源",出自 author (n.)。20世纪40年代复兴,主要是美国相关: Authored ; authoring

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Definitions of author from WordNet
1
author (n.)
writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay);
Synonyms: writer
author (n.)
someone who originates or causes or initiates something;
Synonyms: generator / source
2
author (v.)
be the author of;
She authored this play
From wordnet.princeton.edu