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

Definition of biographer

: a writer of a biography

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Tim McGraw, the Grammy award-winning country music singer, has teamed up with Jon Meacham, an award-winning biographer and professor at Vanderbilt University, for a book that delves into the intersection of politics and music. Leah Asmelash And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "A country singer and a historian team up to look at all the songs that shaped America," 10 June 2019 Claim Offer The piece sparked great interest in Bassano’s life and curiosity about women’s literary contributions in Shakespeare’s era, the challenges facing Shakespeare biographers, and feminist themes in the work. The Editors, The Atlantic, "Shakespeare and Company," 8 June 2019 Rather than focus on a single theme (anatomy or engineering) or on a single aspect of Leonardo’s artistic legacy (drawing or painting), Bambach resolved to present the artist in his entirety through the lens of both art historian and biographer. Claudia Kalb, National Geographic, "A 23-year excavation into the life of Leonardo da Vinci," 25 Apr. 2019 In recent months, said followers have been able to join Konig as she and her husband, biographer Philip Eade, have renovated North Farm, their farmhouse in County Durham in northeast England. Sadie Stein, ELLE Decor, "Explore This Charming Victorian Farmhouse in the English Countryside," 24 May 2019 Royal biographer Katie Nicholl explored Kate and William's relationship in depth in her 2010 book, William and Harry: Behind the Palace Walls. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Broke Up Before They Got Married," 23 Sep. 2018 Trump has also used the law to frighten potential adversaries into silence or retreat, biographers say. Nina Burleigh, Newsweek, "Trump vs. Mueller: Is the American Legal System Any Match for the President?," 8 Mar. 2018 The film also stars Christian Slater as a biographer who hopes to write about Joe’s life. Marie Milano, Country Living, "What Is 'The Wife' Movie About? Everything to Know About Glenn Close's New Film," 24 Feb. 2019 Some of the most illustrious foreign teachers have included the novelist Geoffrey Wolff; Playboy columnist Asa Baber; John Freely; and David Leeming, the biographer of James Baldwin. Suzy Hansen, The New Republic, "“What Difference Is Trump for Us?”," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of biographer

1702, in the meaning defined above

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

Kids Definition of biographer

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

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