Antedating of "Biographer"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Sat Jan 24 13:52:21 UTC 2004

biographer (OED 1715)

1702 Laurence Echard _The Roman History_ Preface (Eighteenth Century
Collections Online)  The _Author's_ descending too particularly to the
lesser and more private Actions of Mankind; which makes him fall from the
Majesty of a _Historian_ to that of a _Biographer_.

Fred Shapiro

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