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Questions about biographies, i.e. publications that provide a detailed description of a person's life.

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What is the relation (if any) of Fanny Buitrago to her biographer Letty Buitrago?

In the ninth volume ("Biografias") of the Colombian encyclopedia "Gran Enciclopedia de Colombia" there is a biography of the Colombian author Fanny Buitrago. It can be read here (...
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Origin of the story of Gilbert and the Saracen maid

A popular legend about the parents of Thomas Becket (1118–1170), Archbishop of Canterbury, is retold by Charles Dickens in A Child's History of England: Once upon a time, a worthy merchant of London, ...
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How many people did Alexandr Sergeevich Pushkin kill in duels before d'Anthès stopped him?

I'm wondering, if duels were popular in Russia in Pushkin's times. 37 is a high number of years and Pushkin did shoot many humans, before was shot downed by d'Anthès. I'm trying to grep ru.wikipedia....
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How was Jon Meacham able to complete his biography of John Lewis so quickly?

Congressman John Lewis, a noted American civil rights activist and politician, passed away on July 17, 2020. Jon Meacham wrote a biography of him that was published on August 25, slightly over a month ...
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Did William Somerset Maugham's uncle treat his nephew in an emotionally cruel way?

William Somerset Maugham's mother died in 1882, when he was only eight years old, and his father died two years later. William was sent to his paternal uncle, Henry MacDonald Maugham, who was a vicar. ...
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Looking for a story about a Confederate leader in the US civil war

This was written around the mid 20th century by an author who (I think) was also known for sci-fi, but this was about a real person and (more or less) based on real events. The protagonist was a ...
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What would a biography on an animal be called?

If biography means: an account of someone's life written by someone else. biographies as a branch of literature. a human life in its course. What would a biography based on a particular animal be ...
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How autobiographical are Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House books?

The Little House series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, including perhaps the most famous Little House on the Prairie, tell the story of her childhood in the American West. How autobiographical are ...
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Which Biography of Einstein

When I was in school, meaning early 2000's, I read a book that seemed older at the time. It was a biography of Einstein and also delved into explaining some of the science and math behind his theories ...
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Elon Musk biography: who is the intended audience and how would you describe the tone?

In Elon Musk's biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, who can be identified as the intended audience besides from Elon's critics, admirers, and wanna-be ...
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