Banville is the heir to Proust, via Nabokov, and not because there is a lot of sex in Ancient Light.
That may be for his protection, as he seems to be the heir apparent.
He has no equal in contemporary Anglo-American letters; there are followers and disciples but no heir apparent.
Photos: How the heir Lost His Hair“I can only hope we put the swings in the right place.”
heir to the Estee Lauder cosmetics fortune, Lauder served as ambassador to Austria under President Ronald Reagan.
They thought the heir had been overtook by a fit of passion, and might have done the mischief in it.
I have plenty for both boys, but the dark one must be the heir.
Better an heir should never be born, if it must call him father!
He, once the heir to such fortunes, the darling of such affections!
"It's there, old fellow, if you really know how to get it out," Cousin Frank told his son and heir.
c.1300, from Anglo-French heir, Old French oir "heir, successor," from Latin heredem (nominative heres) "heir, heiress" (see heredity). Heir apparent (late 14c.) has the French order of noun-adjective, though it was not originally so written in English. It is the heir of one still alive whose right is clear. After death the heir apparent becomes the heir-at-law.
Under the patriarchs the property of a father was divided among the sons of his legitimate wives (Gen. 21:10; 24:36; 25:5), the eldest son getting a larger portion than the rest. The Mosaic law made specific regulations regarding the transmission of real property, which are given in detail in Deut. 21:17; Num. 27:8; 36:6; 27:9-11. Succession to property was a matter of right and not of favour. Christ is the "heir of all things" (Heb. 1:2; Col. 1:15). Believers are heirs of the "promise," "of righteousness," "of the kingdom," "of the world," "of God," "joint heirs" with Christ (Gal 3:29; Heb. 6:17; 11:7; James 2:5; Rom. 4:13; 8:17).