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Are there any traditional biographies for Vaishnava Alwars like Periya Puranam is for Shaiva Nayanars?

I am really interested in learning more about Alvars and Nayanars. While Periya Puranam is a traditional biographies of Nayanars(I read about it online). Are there any such biographies about Alwars?
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Is it known why Periyalwar wrote the following song?

Is there any authentic information available as to why Periyalwar wrote this song? Periyalwar Tirumoli 300 oru magaḷ tannai uḍaiyēn ulagam niṛainda pugaḻāl tirumagaḷ pōla vaḷarttēn ceṅgaṇmāl ...