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I'd like to put

author={{\textdagger}Last, First},

in some bibtex entries, and have biblatex treat it exactly as some existing

author={Last, First},

entries (i.e. sorted as if the dagger was not there, treated as identical to Last for dashing etc.).

Is this possible?

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In biblatex, that's what sortname is for. author = {Author, Adam}, sortname = {Smith, John}, sorts under 'Smith, John'. You can even override that if you like by adding a sortkey = {ZZZZZ}, which would sort it under 'ZZZZZ'. And you can also override that by adding a presort field... – jon Mar 4 '14 at 15:57
Thanks for that; it does make the sort order right, but it does not treat Last the same as †Last in citations in the text, because it thinks "†Last, First" is a different author from "Last, First" and so requires disambiguating (i.e. I get "F. Last (2014)" when "Last (2014)" would already be unambiguous). – KeithB Mar 4 '14 at 16:25
Wouldn't they be different authors? Either someone is dead or alive... – jon Mar 4 '14 at 16:35
Normal practice is to cite people exactly as in the source document. So if some articles have Last and some more recent ones have †Last, I should keep the † in some of my citations, but in all other respects treat the two cases as the same person. – KeithB Mar 4 '14 at 16:41
@jon - Maybe we're discovering an author category called a "Schrödinger's Author" -- neither dead nor alive until his/her name is written out to a bibliography... – Mico Mar 4 '14 at 19:27

Here is an alternative, which enables you to use an option dead to mark that an author has died. It then adds the dagger on the first occurrence of the author's name. This may allow more "logical" markup of the .bib database.

  author = {Last, Alpha},
  title = {I'm Alive},
  date = {2014}
  author = {Last, First},
  title = {Dead},
  options = {dead},
  date = {2014},
  author = {Last, First},
  title = {Still Dead},
  options = {dead},
  date = {2014}
  author = {Last, Last},
  title = {Not Alive},
  options = {dead},
  date = {2014}
  author = {Last, Last},
  title = {Not Alive},
  options = {dead},
  date = {2014}






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Thanks for this - I might be able to use something like this, but please remember that the problem is not to add † to every article published after the author has died, but to cite articles correctly. It should be cited with † iff it's published with †. – KeithB Mar 5 '14 at 10:39
@KeithB Are you okay with the output though if dashed=false is activated? – moewe Mar 6 '14 at 11:18

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