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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Jason Purvis, the starving beachcomber and would-be great novelist who at last did achieve a kind of fame.
▪ Now the Arab world's greatest living novelist may lose his right to call himself a writer.
▪ There was some fiction but not one of the great nineteenth century novelists was represented in it.
▪ Stephen had never been able to talk to her about her relationship with the great novelist.
▪ Greene wasn't a great novelist.
▪ Timothy Mo, tall, dark, handsome, and one of the great novelists of the late twentieth century.
▪ What distinguishes the new novelists from their regionalist predecessors is, above all, their attitude towards the writer's craft.
▪ Many of the new novelists, in fact, portray the alienation of Western man.
▪ The romantic novelist Dame Barbara Cartland has joined the battle to save an eleventh century abbey.
▪ One of the guests was a rather fey romantic novelist.
▪ It's written by the novelist Susan Hill.
▪ In this context, what goes on outside, what is actually written by poets and novelists, is of minor interest.
▪ Budding gay novelist Larry Kramer is enjoying success at last.
▪ Charles Dickens was one of the greatest 19th century novelists.
▪ Japanese novelists deal with the question of old age in a way few other writers can aspire to.
▪ The book quotes from the diaries of novelist Evelyn Waugh.
▪ He's the missing working-class novelist, the link between Lawrence and Sillitoe.
▪ He was an actor, director, artist, singer, composer and novelist.
▪ Jason Purvis, the starving beachcomber and would-be great novelist who at last did achieve a kind of fame.
▪ The novels which followed this decision are the fulfilment of Hardy's career as a novelist.
▪ They are leaving us novelists without any subjects.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Novelist \Nov"el*ist\, n.

  1. An innovator; an asserter of novelty. [Obs.]

  2. [Cf. F. nouvelliste, It. novellista.] A writer of news. [Obs.]
    --Tatler (178).

  3. [Cf. F. nouvelliste.] A writer of a novel or novels.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"writer of novels," 1728, hybrid from novel (n.) + -ist. Influenced by Italian novellista. Earlier in English, it meant "an innovator" (1580s).


n. 1 An author of novels. 2 (context obsolete English) An innovator; one who introduces something new; one who favours novelty.


n. someone who writes novels


A novelist is an author or writer of novels, though often novelists also write in other genres of both fiction and non-fiction. Some novelists are professional novelists, thus make a living writing novels and other fiction, while others aspire to support themselves in this way or write as an avocation. Most novelists struggle to get their debut novel published, but once published they often continue to be published, although very few become literary celebrities, thus gaining prestige or a considerable income from their work.

Novelists come from a variety of backgrounds and social classes, and frequently this shapes the content of their works. Public reception of a novelist's work, the literary criticism commenting on it, and the novelists' incorporation of their own experiences into works and characters can lead to the author's personal life and identity being associated with a novel's fictional content. For this reason, the environment within which a novelist works and the reception of their novels by both the public and publishers can be influenced by their demographics or identity; important among these culturally constructed identities are gender, sexual identity, social class, race or ethnicity, nationality, religion, and an association with place. Similarly, some novelists have creative identities derived from their focus on different genres of fiction, such as crime, romance or historical novels.

While many novelists compose fiction to satisfy personal desires, novelists and commentators often ascribe a particular social responsibility or role to novel writers. Many authors use such moral imperatives to justify different approaches to novel writing, including activism or different approaches to representing reality "truthfully".

Novelist (MC)

Kojo Kankam (born 20 January 1997), better known by his stage name Novelist, is an English Grime MC and producer from Lewisham in South London. He was a founding member of The Square crew and was nominated for Best Grime Act at the 2014 MOBO Awards. He has been called the "new face of grime" and was described as "the poster child for the first generation of real grime kids" by DJ Logan Sama.

Usage examples of "novelist".

We must caution the would-be novelist to use adverbs and adverbial clauses sparingly.

Skinner, at Harvard, to carry the torch of behaviourism, which he continued to do throughout his long career as experimental psychologist, educational adviser, philosopher and novelist until his death in 1990.

Lord Bute had founded two papers, The Briton and The Auditor, and had set up the novelist Tobias Smollett as editor of the former.

When your favourite poets are Wordsworth, Arnold, and Clare, your novelists Fielding and Sterne, your artists Cotman and Bonington and Girtin, what place had you in this other world of eccentricity and revolt?

Pearsons, you remember, and Sylvia Pearson is married to Martin Dering, the novelist.

That night, Dinny recognized for the first time unmistakable signs of his talent as a potential novelist.

Now all these analyses are certainly helpful, an apparent case of the visions of the novelist and the theorist happily dovetailing to mutually illuminating effect.

When novelists and educationists and psychologists of all sorts talk about the cave-man, they never conceive him in connection with anything that is really in the cave.

The novelist, better than a historian, philosopher or sociologist ever could, captures the twentieth-century drama of love and eroticism and, thus, our crisis of identity, showing both its seriousness and its incredibly comical aspect at the same time.

I, who am only a northern barbarian,--though our country, too, can boast of its celebrities, --Linnaeus, Berzelius, Thorwaldsen, Tegner, Franzen, Geier, and the charming novelist Frederika Bremer,--I find myself a cipher in such company.

February - Consults the famous novelist Rohan, also a student of the haiku, about the novel, and as a consequence determines to devote his efforts towards the haiku.

It has been so twisted by radicals and kooks, so abused by rock music groups and pulp novelists to sell recordings and books, and so frequently cited by right wing fundamentalist preachers to engender fear, that almost no one knows what it really means.

Although he a primarily a poet, ROBERT GRAVES in over forty years of writing has also made distinguished contributions as a novelist, critic, translator, essayist, scholar, historian, lecturer and librettist, Born in London in 1895, Mr.

Likewise, several modern-day historical novelists and memoirists, even those not dealing directly with ancient Greece, served as sources of inspiration, though more often of despair at my ever being able to rise to the heights of poetry and historical insight they attained.

In 1981, I wrote to Ngaio Marsh about research I was doing into the life of another mystery novelist.