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Sunday, 30 September 2012


The earliest biographical dictionary in the accepted sense was that of French philosopher Pierre Bayle (1696).

The term 'autobiography' was first used by the writer Robert Southey in 1809 in the Quarterly Review in which he predicted an 'epidemical rage for autobiography.'

The biography of Thomas Crapper, the British sanitary engineer who invented the modern flush toilet in 1878, was called Flushed with Pride: The Story of Thomas Crapper.

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