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Can a primary author be removed, or at least demoted to "primary author some editions" rather than "all editions"?
Arden of Faversham http://www.librarything.com/work/774237 (an anonymous play from the time of Shakespeare) has Martin White as editor of all editions, which he isn't, and means the book is listed as "Arden of Faversham by Martin White".
I know I can change the primary author to Anonymous and fix it that way but I am loath to throw yet another book in the big Anon pile. You can separate out books from that work with no author and they are listed as having "no primary author" but I can't get it removed from the entire work as far as I can see.
Also, while here, is there any consensus on how to list authors in an anthology: Author, Contributor, main author, secondary author? Main author seemed right but I see that often puts the anthology at the top of an author's works list.
#1: Generally those whose works are in anthology should be secondary authors IMO; they're not the people who brought the work together, and often we'd combine works that have some variance in contributors (say out of 20 stories, one was replaced for copyright reasons, and the same name, possibly even ISBN, kept, then I don't think we'd separate.)
is there any consensus on how to list authors in an anthology
I would say contributor, secondary author. Not sure if that's the consensus though.
You could change the primary author to "Anonymous author of Arden of Faversham" and make Martin White editor of some editions.
The anonymous author page is rather messy. But if the author really is anonymous that's where the work belongs in my opinion. I changed the primary author of Beowulf from Seamus Heaney to Anonymous when the other authors feature made that possible.
Maybe we should start using emergency names, like "Beowulf Poet". But Anonymous is certainly better than having all kinds of Beowulf translations getting attributed to Heaney.
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