biography

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n biography an account of the series of events making up a person's life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first black and white motion picture to be digitally converted to color was "Yankee Doodle Dandy", the 1942 biography of George M. Cohen.
    • Biography Biographical writings in general.
    • Biography The written history of a person's life.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: According to Margaret Jones, author of a Patsy Cline biography, there are a dozen places in Virginia that could claim to be the hometown of the nomadic Cline. Her family moved 19 times before she was 15.
    • n biography The history of the life of a particular person.
    • n biography Biographical writing in general, or as a department of literature.
    • n biography In natural history, the life-history of an animal or a plant. Synonyms Biography, Memoir. When there is a difference between these words, it may be that memoir indicates a less complete or minute account of a person's life, or it may be that the person himself records his own recollections of the past, especially as connected with his own life; in the latter case memoir should be in the plural.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Biography bī-og′raf-i a written account or history of the life of an individual: the art of writing such accounts
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Quotations

  • John Arbuthnot
    John Arbuthnot
    “Biography is one of the new terrors of death.”
  • Catherine Drinker Bowen
    Catherine Drinker Bowen
    “In writing biography, fact and fiction shouldn't be mixed. And if they are, the fictional points should be printed in red ink, the facts printed in black ink.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “History is the essence of innumerable biographies.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “There is properly no history; only biography.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. ,; bi`os life + , to write: cf. F. biographie,. See Graphic
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. bios, life, graphein, to write.

Usage

In literature:

What these noises arose from, Mr. Forster relates in his delightful biography of the poet.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Compare their different biographies.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 2, No. 8, January, 1851" by Various
They are in themselves a sufficing and beautiful biography.
"Oliver Goldsmith" by E. S. Lang Buckland
The biography of Cloots by G. Avenel (2 vols., Paris, 1865) is too eulogistic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
In 1839 appeared his edition of Massinger and Ford, with biographies of both dramatists.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
But that would be biography, and this is a book of history.
"The Story of Our Country"
Here's what F. O. contributes to his biography.
"The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly" by Charles James Lever
All, so far as they are biographies, are autobiographies; and for that reason it may be fairly said that all of them are interesting.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 15" by Various
Then he came to his father's picture and biography once more and, with it, to pictures of other lakemen and their biographies.
"The Indian Drum" by William MacHarg
Public libraries have also cyclopedias of music which will help in writing the biographies of musicians.
"The Complete Club Book for Women" by Caroline French Benton
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In poetry:

Through driving mists I seemed to see
A Thing that smirked and smiled:
And found that he was giving me
A lesson in Biography,
As if I were a child.
"Phantasmagoria Canto III ( Scarmoges )" by Lewis Carroll
If, after I die, they should want to write my biography,
There's nothing simpler.
I've just two dates - of my birth, and of my death.
In between the one thing and the other all the days are mine.
"If, After I Die" by Fernando Pessoa

In news:

The Daily News has some nuggets from Ed Klein's latest Unauthorized Biography.
JULES VERNE An Exploratory Biography.
Although the biographies of Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett, carried in tandem on tonight's American Masters series, are linked by romance and politics, fame and hard knocks, they are studies in contrast.
New Henry Fonda biography gets inside actor's head.
Unusual biography 'Man Who Saw a Ghost' puts troubled actor Henry Fonda on the couch.
Michael Gorra's new critical biography, Portrait of a Novel: Henry James and the Making of an American Masterpiece, tells the story of how James' most popular and enduring novel, The Portrait of a Lady, came to be written.
HENRY JAMES The Imagination of Genius: A Biography.
Henry Luce is 'The Publisher' in Alan Brinkley's monumentally well-reported biography of the founder of Time Inc. From 1925 to 1927, Henry Luce and partner Brit Hadden, brought Time Inc to Cleveland, a move designed to save money.
New Herbert Hoover Biography Dismisses 'Do-Nothing' Reputation.
President Herbert Hoover often gets blamed for the Great Depression, but a new biography argues there was much more to the man.
Here are 20 hero-worship highlights of Broadwell's biography.
George Weigel, former president and now senior fellow of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, has written a major and much-respected biography of Pope John Paul II.
STRAIGHT ON TILL MORNING The Biography of Beryl Markham.
An Intellectual Biography by Mary Pickering Cambridge University Press Volume 1, 776 pp.
Michael Pye is a freelance writer at work on a biography of New York City Published: November 12, 1989.
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In science:

A more easily accessible source than the original paper , exposing the main ideas in an informal but fascinating style, is the commented scientific biography of Einstein .
On the physical relevance of random walks: an example of random walks on a randomly oriented lattice
Overall design of the biography summarization system.
Multi-document Biography Summarization
Section 5; an accompanying evaluation on the quality of the biography summaries is shown in Section 6; and future work is outlined in Section 7.
Multi-document Biography Summarization
Corpus Description In order to extract information that is related to a person from a large set of news texts written not exclusively about this person, we need to identify attributes shared among biographies.
Multi-document Biography Summarization
Some sentences in the testing set were labeled with multiple biography classes due to the fact that the original corpus was annotated at clause level.
Multi-document Biography Summarization
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