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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.

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an account of a person's life written or otherwise recorded by that person
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Bureau wrote an auto-biography on coming out as a two-spirited Aboriginal person as his contribution to the exhibit.
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The camp comic dropped into the city centre yesterday to sign copies of his bestselling auto-biography, So Me.
This is a combination of his auto-biography, which provides the context, and the lessons he learned in his 50 years as linguist, and language teacher.
Despite an unprecedented economic boom and countless media spectacles downloaded directly from the libido of Geraldo Rivera (best remembered in this context as the author of the 1991 kiss-and-tell auto-biography, Exposing Myself), the '90s somehow turned out to be every bit as unnamable as a Sam Beckett novel--and twice as difficult to figure out.
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