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reconstruction in print or on film, of the lives of real men and women. Together with autobiography—an individual's interpretation of his own life—it shares a venerable tradition, meeting the demands of different audiences through the ages.
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a description of one’s own life; a literary genre similar to memoirs but differing from them in a greater emphasis on the author’s person and psychology.

Examples of autobiographies are Saint Augustine’s Confessions (397–398), P. Abélard’s Historia Calamitatum (1132–36), and B. Cellini’s The Life of Benvenuto (1558–66). The first Russian autobiography was The Life of the Archpriest Avvakum (1672–75). In modern literature J.-J. Rousseau and A. I. Herzen have created literary autobiographical confessions. Some works of L. N. Tolstoy, M. Gorky, K. G. Paustovskii, M. Proust, and other writers are autobiographical in character. The autobiographies of the revolutionary figures G. Garibaldi, P. A. Kropotkin, and A. Bebel have been translated into many languages.

The word “autobiography” may also refer to a brief chronological summary of the chief events of one’s life.


an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
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The purposes of autobiographical writing in the period are usually quite transparent, and have little to do with self-expression: appeals to a generous public, a wish to set the record straight (often a legal or journalistic record), documentation of experiences that appear to have some public interest (as in many travel memoirs), exhortations to the reader to learn from a pattern of industry or virtue, and innumerable variations on the profit motive, including, most piquantly, blackmail.
Australian projects that I encountered included collaborative ventures between teachers in adult migrant English programs and their students to produce jointly produced anthologies of immigrant and refugee autobiographical writing and productions of low-cost collections of stories by various women's groups on themes of childbirth, breastfeeding, and other aspects of female parenting.
That such communal forms of self-understanding ultimately fail is attested to by the sheer prevalence of autobiographical writing in Irish culture, as autobiography, more than any other genre, concerns itself with issues of identity.
Having said that, let me add that I recognize his talent as a buoyant humorist and understand why some people like his brand of autobiographical writing.
I had received a certain amount of acknowledgment for autobiographical writing and, like a lot of writers, I had written for a fairly long time in solitude without rewards.
Brantley studies the autobiographical writing of Lillian Smith, Ellen Glasgow, Eudora Welty, Lillian Hellman, Katherine Anne Porter, and Zora Neale Hurston with the avowed aim to "deprovincialize the Southern Renaissance -- to redefine it without abstract a priori conditions for what constitutes 'southernness'" (p.
Following the award-winning title Laughing not Laughing, the latest fascinating anthology of autobiographical writing is called Even the Rain is Different and captures the diverse and often life-changing experiences of Welsh women living and working abroad.
The book starts with two introductory chapters, one on the history of childhood and one on the development of autobiographical writing in what Dutch historians have come to call, 'egodocuments'.
Professor Elrod wishes to acknowledge the Pew Evangelical Scholars Program for a generous grant that allowed her to complete this article and to work on a larger project, a book manuscript exploring issues of race, religion, gender, and narrative authority in autobiographical writing in early America.
Farzaneh Milani and Afsaneh Najmabadi have argued that the reluctance to expose the self through autobiographical writing emerges out of the separation of the realms of inside/ outside and private/public that epitomizes the life of an Iranian woman.
Like Privacy and Print, Gender and Literacy on Stage in Early Modern England closes on a curious note by shifting from theatrical drama to what Sanders calls "the drama of certain lives" -- the actual part women played in scribal culture as represented by Grace Mildmay's and Anne Clifford's autobiographical writing.