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hagiography

1. the writing of the lives of the saints
2. biography of the saints
3. any biography that idealizes or idolizes its subject
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45) One hagiographer also drew attention to Joseph's labor, emphasizing its demanding nature: there was no time for laziness and Joseph was constantly on his feet, carrying heavy things.
An inspired talker and very handsome, he became the most literary member of the circle, and eventually also George's biographer--or, rather, hagiographer.
Luckily, however, her name was close enough to that of an Irish saint, Moninna of Killevy (also known as Darerca), for the two to be conflated, a process begun in the eleventh century by an Irish hagiographer, Conchubranus, who rewrote an earlier life of Moninna in a longer version which made the saint travel (on a floating island) to Scotland and England to found monasteries, including a church on Andresey.
The remaining selections are three brief texts: a book review article "Per mortem ad vitam" (1910) prompted by Heidegger's reading of Lies of Life and Truth of Life (1896) by the Danish poet and Catholic hagiographer Johannes Jorgensen (1866-1956); a letter from 1919 to Father Engelbert Krebs, Heidegger's longtime friend and a professor of theology at the University of Freiburg; and "The Problem of Categories" (1916), a supplementary concluding section to Heidegger's postdoctoral dissertation.
Within the same context, she surveys Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan's 1992 "defining deviancy down" speech to the American Sociological Association: though as Moynihan had already proved a hagiographer of Martin Luther King, and afterwards turned into a cynical defender of the Clintons, he would himself appear a fairly fragrant example of that corruption which he bemoaned.
Whiteley is no hagiographer -- he can be coldly critical of his subject's blind spots and prejudices -- and yet Banham's stature is enhanced rather than diminished by this study, which was no doubt the intention.
John Peyton is no hagiographer, and, as a psychologist, he is acute and sympathetic, getting closer to Zuckerman's raison d'etre than any previous commentator: 'The existence of any unfilled space in Solly's life was always a source of unease', Peyton writes.
But Goodman gives Springsteen hagiographer Dave Marsh a long-overdue comeuppance by quoting an observer who describes him as an ``insecure sycophant.
This reader regrets that the author did not offer a theoretical section on the use of hagiogyaphical sources for both the history of the world of the saints depicted and the history of their hagiographer.
65-80) presents the legend from Alonso de Villegas' Flos sanctorum, calling the reader's attention to how this hagiographer compares Catherine to the most esteemed of Solomon's wives, and crowns her with red, blue, and white laurels signifying martyrdom, preaching, and virginity.
It amply illustrates Bede's many-sided career as "a textual critic and linguist, a preacher and liturgist, a geographer and computist, an educator, a poet and a hagiographer in addition to being an exegete and a historian" (127).