bi·og·ra·pher | \ bī-ˈä-grə-fər \

Definition of biographer 

: a writer of a biography

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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 Timothy O’Brien, a Trump biographer, says in the film that his 2005 book, TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, claimed that Trump was worth between $150 million to $250 million, far from being a billionaire. Diane Herbst,, "'What We Did Was a Scam': The Apprentice Creators Give Behind the Scenes Reveal of Trump's Show," 6 Feb. 2018 Little Richard told biographer Charles White that that episode is what inspired him to launch a career in music. Chuck Yarborough,, "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018: Sister Rosetta Tharpe is at the head of the class: Inductee profile," 8 Apr. 2018 In See What Can Be Done, Moore frequently bristles at the arguments of biographers and readers who plunder a writer’s work for clues about their life, and vice versa. Sarah Marshall, The New Republic, "Why Lorrie Moore Writes," 5 June 2018 Robin by Dave Itzkoff; Henry Holt, 544 pp.; non-fiction Few biographers can get away with a title that is but a single word. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including Robin Williams bio, David Duchovny novel," 19 May 2018

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1702, in the meaning defined above

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bi·og·ra·pher | \ bī-ˈä-grə-fər \

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

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