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  • n  someone skilled in the transcription of speech (especially dictation)

  • For the last 23 years of Stravinsky's life, Craft served the old master as rehearsal conductor, aide, intellectual catalyst, amanuensis and surrogate son.
  • Like Ethelreda Lewis, amanuensis for Horn, Captain Dean's "assistant writer," Sterling North, met his subject receptively, admiringly.
  • The part of Blayds's amanuensis-son-in-law is taken in the current production by Ernest Lawford, who carries off the memorable birthday scene with fine pomposity.
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  • Thackeray & American Slavery
    Gloria Deák To the Editors : The sympathetic picture entitled Slaves Waiting for Sale, Richmond, Virginia painted by Eyre Crowe that accompanied the article by Drew Gilpin Faust was executed in 1861 while Crowe was in America serving as amanuensis to William Makepeace Thackeray. The two English travelers were headed south by rail and were surprised to hear the first copies in book form of Uncle ...
    April 17, 2014 - New York Review of Books

  • Gregory Maguire in Hartford Courant
    Last word: "In some ways, I begin to feel more and more as if I just channeled that story," says Maguire, "and that Elphaba was out there waiting for the amanuensis to finally notice her story and to put it down for everyone else to get it....
  • Richard Mabey in
    Richard Mabey quotes the 19th-century American poet and theorist of nature Henry Thoreau, who wanted to be an "amanuensis for the wild".
  • Luke Davies in Sydney Morning Herald
    He was like the Queen of Sheba,says Davies. "He was so often horizontal. He's got this little place at Patonga, this little holiday shack, and he'd lie there and I was like the amanuensis."

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