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The Biographer's Tale

The Biographer's Tale
First edition
Author A. S. Byatt
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Chatto & Windus
Publication date
1 November 2001
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Pages 376 pp
ISBN 0-7540-1641-2
OCLC 47868714

The Biographer's Tale is a book by A. S. Byatt. The story is about a postgraduate student, Phineas G. Nanson, who decides to write a biography about an obscure biographer, Scholes Destry-Scholes. During the course of his research he fails to learn much about the actual subject of his biography, but discovers a lot of Destry-Scholes' unpublished research about real historical figures Carl Linnaeus, Francis Galton and Henrik Ibsen. In the book, Byatt combines facts with fiction when recounting the lives of the three latter figures.

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