n. A person who combines the judicial functions of Minos,
Rhadamanthus and Aeacus, but is placable with an obolus; a severely
virtuous censor, but so charitable withal that he tolerates the
virtues of others and the vices of himself; who flings about him the
splintering lightning and sturdy thunders of admonition till he
resembles a bunch of firecrackers petulantly uttering his mind at the
tail of a dog; then straightway murmurs a mild, melodious lay, soft as
the cooing of a donkey intoning its prayer to the evening star.
Master of mysteries and lord of law, high-pinnacled upon the throne of
thought, his face suffused with the dim splendors of the
Transfiguration, his legs intertwisted and his tongue a-cheek, the
editor spills his will along the paper and cuts it off in lengths to
suit. And at intervals from behind the veil of the temple is heard
the voice of the foreman demanding three inches of wit and six lines
of religious meditation, or bidding him turn off the wisdom and whack
up some pathos.
O, the Lord of Law on the Throne of Thought,
A gilded impostor is he.
Of shreds and patches his robes are wrought,
His crown is brass,
Himself an ass,
And his power is fiddle-dee-dee.
Prankily, crankily prating of naught,
Silly old quilly old Monarch of Thought.
Public opinion's camp-follower he,
Thundering, blundering, plundering free.
allegorist, annotator, bibliognost, bibliographer, biblioklept, bibliolater, bibliomane, bibliomaniac, bibliopegist, bibliophage, bibliophile, bibliopole, bibliopolist, bibliotaph, bibliothec, bibliothecaire, bibliothecary, book agent, book collector, book printer, book publisher, book reviewer, book salesman, book-stealer, bookbinder, bookdealer, booklover, bookmaker, bookman, bookseller, bookworm, captious critic, carper, cataloger, caviler, censor, censurer, chief librarian, cicerone, city editor
, clarifier, cognoscente, collector, college editor
, columnist, commentator, commenter, compiler, connoisseur, copy chief, copy editor
, copyman, copyreader, correspondent, critic, criticaster, criticizer, critickin, criticule, cryptanalyst, cryptographer, cryptologist, cub reporter, curator, decoder, definer, demonstrator, demythologizer, diaskeuast, dictionary editor
, dragoman, editor
-in-chief, editorial writer, editorialist, emendator, emender, euhemerist, executive editor
, exegesist, exegete, exegetist, explainer, explicator, exponent, expositor, expounder, faultfinder, feature editor
, foreign correspondent, gazetteer, glossarist, glossographer, go-between, guide, hermeneut, interpreter, interviewer, journalist, juvenile editor
, leader writer, leg man, lexicographer, librarian, library director, literary critic, man of letters, managing editor
, metaphrast, muckraker, news analyst, news editor
, newsman, newspaperman, newspaperwoman, newswriter, oneirocritic, own correspondent, paragrapher, paragraphist, paraphrast, permissions editor
, philobiblist, pressman, printer, production editor
, publicist, publisher, reader, redactor, reference editor
, reference librarian, reporter, reviewer, reviser, rewrite man, rewriter, scholiast, slotman, smellfungus, sob sister, social critic, special correspondent, sports editor
, subeditor, textbook editor
, textual critic, trade editor
, translator, war correspondent, writer
booklet, writing, work, volume, tome, opuscule, tract, tractate, livret, brochure, libretto, handbook, codex, manual, pamphlet, enchiridion, circular, publication, chap book, part, issue, number livraison, album, portfolio, periodical, serial, magazine, ephemeris, annual, journal, paper, bill, sheet, broadsheet, leaf, leaflet, fly leaf, page, quire, ream, chapter, section, head, article, paragraph, passage, clause, endpapers, frontispiece, cover, binding, folio, quarto, octavo, duodecimo, sextodecimo, octodecimo, encyclopedia, encompilation, library, bibliotheca, press, definitive work, treatise, comprehensive treatise (dissertation), writer, author, litterateur, essayist, journalism, pen, scribbler, the scribbling race, literary hack, Grub-street writer, writer for the press, gentleman of the press, representative of the press, adjective jerker, diaskeaust, ghost, hack writer, ink slinger, publicist, reporter, penny a liner, editor
, subeditor, playwright, poet, bookseller, publisher, bibliopole, bibliopolist, librarian, bookstore, bookshop, bookseller's shop, knowledge of books, bibliography, book learning, among the giant fossils of my past, craignez tout d'un auteur en courroux, for authors nobler palms remain, I lived to write and wrote to live, look in thy heart and write, there is no Past so long as Books shall live, the public mind is the creation of the Master-Writ, volumes that I prize above my dukedom.