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Autobiography

An autobiography is a book about the life of a person, written by that person.

Autobiographical works are by nature subjective. The inability—or unwillingness—of the author to accurately recall memories has in certain cases resulted in misleading or incorrect information. Some sociologists and psychologists have noted that autobiography offers the author the ability to recreate history.

There are types in autobiography. Such as:
  1. Autobiographies as critiques of totalitarianism
  2. Sensationalist and celebrity "autobiographies"
  3. Autobiographies of the non-famous
  4. Fake autobiographies
  5. Fictional autobiography

According to me, an autobiography is a canvas where a person draws his life and feelings.

According to Shirley Abbott, “All fiction may be autobiography, but all autobiography is of course fiction.” [Mickey Pearlman, Listen to Their Voices (1993), ch. 12]

According to W. H. Auden, “Every autobiography is concerned with two characters, a Don Quixote, the Ego, and a Sancho Panza, the Self.” [The Dyer's Hand (1962), pt. 3, "Hic et Ille", sect. b]

According to Fawn M. Brodie, A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become. [No Man Knows My History (1945), ch. 19]

List of famous autobiographies:

  1. Anthony Burgess, Little Wilson and Big God, Being the First Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess, 1986
  2. Anthony Burgess, You've Had Your Time, Being the Second Part of the Confessions of Anthony Burgess, 1990
  3. Benvenuto Cellini, The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini, c1570, published 1728
  4. Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written By Himself, 1845
  5. Dizzy Gillespie, Dizzy: To be or not to bop : the autobiography of Dizzy Gillespie with Al Fraser
  6. Johann Wolfgang Von...

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