Biographer



a writer of someone’s biography.
Contemporary Examples

The Perils of Biography in the Bradlee-Himmelman Storm Lee Siegel May 19, 2012
Blake Bailey: How I Write Noah Charney March 19, 2013
Three Great Men Died That Day: JFK, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley John Garth November 2, 2013
60-Second Guide to the Nobel Lit Winner Lucas Wittmann, Josh Dzieza October 6, 2010
Tolkien’s Unfinished Epic: ‘The Fall of Arthur’ John Garth May 22, 2013

Historical Examples

The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3) Leslie Stephen
James Boswell William Keith Leask
Rienzi Edward Bulwer Lytton
James Boswell William Keith Leask
A New Atmosphere Gail Hamilton

n.

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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