from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A man who is devoted to literary or scholarly pursuits.
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- n. a literary man
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A writer, especially one who writes for a living.
- n. A learned person; a scholar.
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- n. a man devoted to literary or scholarly activities
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“But I am a man of letters and understand Archedemus.”
He was also a favourite in general society, though he is said to have been, next to Fenimore Cooper, the best-abused man of letters in America.
I mentioned the matter to Wilson, who said he had a man of letters in his eye one Lyon, a nonjuring clergyman of Glasgow.
By the end of the century he is mentioned by Francis Meres (q.v.) as the greatest man of letters of the day, and his name had become so valuable that it was affixed by unscrupulous publishers to works, e.g. Locrine, Oldcastle, and The Yorkshire
The lady was a highly educated woman, and her husband, Doctor Westbrook, a man of letters as well as a preacher.
Benedetto Accolti (1532-49), a famous man of letters and historian, was imprisoned under Paul III for unknown reasons.
It is a bitter, malignant, and often obscene invective against all the powers of the Byzantine Church and State, apparently the tardy revenge of an ill-conditioned man of letters for a lifetime of obsequiousness.
My classmate at Yale in the class of 1856, John D. Champlin, a man of letters and an accomplished editor, rescued from my own scattered records and newspaper fiIes material for eight volumes.
An Abbé Morellet, a man of letters here to whom I had given a copy, got notice of this.
Nicolò Fortiguerra, a distinguished man of letters (d. 1739); the erudite Angelo Mai, secretary from 1833 to 1835.