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"If, as it appears to me, a book is communication, the author is only one link in a unity of different readings." --Georges Bataille from his essay "Sur Nietzsche". --tr. unidentified

The Poor Poet (1839) is a painting by Carl Spitzweg
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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The term writer can apply to anyone who creates a written work, but the word more usually designates those who write creatively or professionally, or those who have written in many different forms. Skilled writers demonstrate skills in using language to portray ideas and images, whether producing fiction or non-fiction.

A writer may compose in many different forms, including (but certainly not limited to) poetry, prose, or music. Accordingly, a writer in specialist mode may rank as a poet, novelist, composer, lyricist, playwright, mythographer, journalist, film scriptwriter, etc. (See also: creative writing, technical writing and academic papers.)

Writers' output frequently contributes to the cultural content of a society, and that society may value its writerly corpus -- or literature -- as an art much like the visual arts (see: painting, sculpture, photography), music, craft and performance art (see: drama, theatre, opera, musical).


Best-selling fiction authors

List of best-selling books

Among best-selling fiction authors to date include Miguel de Cervantes, Alexandre Dumas, père, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Jack Higgins and Leon Uris. But no exact figure could be found, although there are indications that they too have more than 100 million copies of their work in print.

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