Author is derived from the Latin term auctor or autor in the sense “originator,” “founder.” The earliest German attestation appears in Steinhöwel’s translation of Boccaccio’s De claris mulieribus (1473); not until the 18th century does the term become prevalent in the sense “composer of literary works.” Goethe understood an author as primarily a writer who reflects on his impact, his potential to influence the public, and his social role .
The early modern author was not primarily viewed as a literary author, but rather as a publishing scholar, intellectual, pr…
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Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online
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First published online: 2015
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