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A "biography is a detailed description or account of someone's life. More than a list of basic facts (education, work, relationships, and death), a biography also portrays a subject's experience of these events. Unlike a profile or "curriculum vitae ("résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of a subject's personality.

Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Biographical works in diverse media—from literature to film—form the "genre known as biography.

An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and, at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs.

An "autobiography is about a life of a subject, written by that subject or sometimes with a collaborator.

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""Bust believed to be of Sargon of Akkad
Sargon of Akkad, also known as Sargon the Great ("Akkadian Šarru-kinu, meaning "the true "king" or "the king is legitimate"), was an "Akkadian king famous for his conquest of the "Sumerian city-states in the 24th and 23rd centuries BC. The founder of the Dynasty of Akkad, Sargon reigned for 56 years, c. 2333 – 2279 BC ("short chronology). He became a prominent member of the royal court of "Kish, ultimately overthrowing its king before embarking on the conquest of "Mesopotamia. Sargon's vast empire is known to have extended from "Elam to the "Mediterranean sea, including Mesopotamia, parts of modern-day "Iran and "Syria, and possibly parts of "Anatolia and the "Arabian peninsula. He ruled from a new capital, Akkad (Agade), which the Sumerian king list claims he built (or possibly renovated), on the left bank of the "Euphrates. Sargon is regarded as one of the first individuals in recorded history to create a multiethnic, centrally ruled "empire, and his dynasty controlled Mesopotamia for around a century and a half. ("Read more...)

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"Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky ("Russian: Фёдор Миха́йлович Достое́вский; 11 November 1821 – 9 February 1881) was a Russian "novelist, short story writer, essayist and "philosopher. Dostoyevsky's literary works explore human psychology in the context of the troubled political, social, and spiritual atmosphere of 19th-century Russia, and include "Crime and Punishment, "The Idiot, and "The Brothers Karamazov.

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