The Compositor was a publication that both Dr. Bustard and Sister M. Floradora wrote letters to, discussing the latter's poem, "Lament for Saint Floradora" (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies, 80).


A compositor is a person who sets type; a typesetter[1].

Bellairs may have intended this as a humorous inversion of The Critic: “celebrating as it does the most mechanical and least cerebral form of literary effort.[2]


  1. Wiktionary: compositor
  2. Correspondence with Charles Bowen.

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