bi·​og·​ra·​pher | \bī-ˈä-grə-fər \

Definition of biographer 

: a writer of a biography

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There is nothing of significance in her book that the small army of Wilson biographers and scholars of the Progressive era have not been narrating and chewing over since his death in 1924. Michael Kazin, New York Times, "Woodrow Wilson Achieved a Lot. So Why Is He So Scorned?," 22 June 2018 Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet, and broadcaster. Longreads, "The Roaring Girls of Queer London," 8 May 2018 Most biographers, by nature an empathetic lot, have sought to explain Wilson’s feats and flaws rather than to justify or disdain them. Michael Kazin, New York Times, "Woodrow Wilson Achieved a Lot. So Why Is He So Scorned?," 22 June 2018 The work gets a major lift from the fact that Simon, who had previously refused to cooperate with biographers, granted Hilburn about 100 hours of interviews. Steve Almond,, "Songs of insecurity and of experience," 23 May 2018 Part of Trump’s attraction to John stems from his pure admiration of the singer’s success, said Michael D’Antonio, a biographer of the president. Amanda Svachula,, "What’s the deal with President Trump and Elton John?," 7 July 2018 According to biographer Nat Segaloff, who wrote A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, Ellison made more than a few enemies in the entertainment business and once sent a dead gopher to a publishing house to get them to return his calls. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Harlan Ellison Turned Star Trek Into Something More. Could It Happen Again?," 29 June 2018 Gilded Age’’ in 1873), says David Nasaw, a biographer of Gilded Age industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Rick Hampson, USA TODAY, "In the second Gilded Age, the mansions get bigger, and the homeless get closer," 16 May 2018 Includes interviews with Markle’s half-sister, Samantha Markle, Royal Correspondent and Harry’s biographer, Katie Nicholl; and Paul Burrell, Princess Diana’s former butler. Jill Vejnoska, ajc, "How to watch and stream the Royal Wedding (plus everything else on TV about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)," 10 May 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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bi·​og·​ra·​pher | \bī-ˈä-grə-fər \

Kids Definition of biographer

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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