bi·​og·​ra·​pher | \ bī-ˈä-grə-fər How to pronounce biographer (audio) \

Definition of biographer

: a writer of a biography

Examples of biographer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If Peters seems a parody of the lecherous clergyman and the ruthless academic, Mr. Sisman is a model of the incorruptible biographer. Ben Downing, WSJ, "‘The Professor and the Parson’ Review: Father of Lies," 31 Jan. 2020 If occasionally the biographer seems to reach, well, that’s her job: to use facts and the historical record to help us understand both the life and the art. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "Alice Adams’s Afterlife," 9 Jan. 2020 The biographer attempting a serious history of Mary, as a result, faces unsatisfying options for how to piece together her life. Jonathan Horn, National Review, "In Search of George Washington’s Mother," 19 Dec. 2019 In a sense, Mugabe was the de facto biographer of the nation. Tinashe Mushakavanhu, Quartz Africa, "In death, Robert Mugabe snubbed the myth of the Heroes Acre he created by not being buried there," 29 Sep. 2019 Lord Porchester once told royal biographer Gyles Brandreth, per The Telegraph. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Porchey? The Queen's Old Friend Returns in The Crown Season 3," 21 Nov. 2019 Many a biographer has made Holmes’s Civil War wounds—physical and psychological alike—central factors in their accounts of the man. John Fabian Witt, The New Republic, "The Shrinking Legacy of a Supreme Court Justice," 1 Oct. 2019 Various biographers, including Smith, have long held the evidence of serious criminal intent was flimsy and that while Porter kept haphazard records, bank mismanagement was more to blame, and he was actually punished for going on the lam. Patrick Sauer, Smithsonian Magazine, "The History of O. Henry’s ‘The Gift of the Magi’," 24 Dec. 2019 Edison left behind millions of pages of notes and diaries and reports, providing one biographer after another with new source material to draw on. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, "The Real Nature of Thomas Edison’s Genius," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of biographer

1702, in the meaning defined above

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“Biographer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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: someone who tells the account of a real person's life

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