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[bahy-og-ruh-fer, bee-] /baɪˈɒg rə fər, bi-/
a writer of someone's biography.
Origin of biographer
1705-15; biograph(y) + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the biographer of today must beware of adopting the unripe formulas of any immature science.
  • The first illustration shows not the subject, but the biographer himself.
  • Her family was at her bedside when she died, according to her biographer.
  • It was true, among much else that was not, and this is the sort of thing to keep both biographer and reader alert.
  • Every serial killer, it seems, now has a biographer or two.
  • He plainly believed that it would be useful if his biographer were able to tidy up that loose end.
  • With a political career in mind, he cast about for a biographer to chronicle his exploits.
  • The biographer of a copious self-chronicler has a particular burden: the feeling that he might be serving up leftovers.
  • The particular challenge of the unauthorized biographer.
  • Perhaps this is why his account of my book is little more than an apologia for a fallen idol and his tardy biographer.
Word Origin and History for biographer

1715; see biography + -er (1). Earlier was biographist (1660s).

Of every great and eminent character, part breaks forth into public view, and part lies hid in domestic privacy. Those qualities which have been exerted in any known and lasting performances may, at any distance of time, be traced and estimated; but silent excellencies are soon forgotten; and those minute peculiarities which discriminate every man from all others, if the are not recorded by those whom personal knowledge enabled to observe them, are irrecoverably lost. [Johnson, "Life of Sir Thomas Browne," 1756]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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