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biographer

[bahy-og-ruh-fer, bee-] /baɪˈɒg rə fər, bi-/
noun
1.
a writer of someone's biography.
Origin of biographer
1705-1715
1705-15; biograph(y) + -er1
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  • How, with all his energy, he managed to pay his way is a mystery, which his biographer is unable fully to solve.

  • So early had Boswell made his resolve to be the biographer of Johnson.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • The biographer of Rienzi gives additional evidence of the fact.

    Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
  • Dignity and respectability have ruined alike the historian and the biographer.

    James Boswell William Keith Leask
  • It is an insult to a woman for her husband to assume, or for his biographer to assume for him, that he could be kind to her.

    A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton
Word Origin and History for biographer
n.

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]

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