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    estate

    The "estate" in the following is confusing in the context. I know its usual meaning, but it sounds strange there. Does it mean "descendants" or "posterity" there?

    Most authors are ignored and forgotten within five years after their death. But sixty-three years after Dickens' death, publishers paid his estate more than a fifth of a million dollars for the story of our Lord---a little book that Dickens had written for his own children.

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    Re: estate

    It means the beneficiaries of his will. Some of them will be his descendants or their children.

    Definitely not 'posterity'.

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