autobiography


au·to·bi·og·ra·phy

noun \ˌ-tə-bī-ˈä-grə-fē, -bē-\

: a biography written by the person it is about

Full Definition of AUTOBIOGRAPHY

:  the biography of a person narrated by himself or herself
au·to·bi·og·ra·pher \-fər\ noun
au·to·bio·graph·i·cal \-ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl\ also au·to·bio·graph·ic \-fik\ adjective
au·to·bio·graph·i·cal·ly \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of AUTOBIOGRAPHY

  1. I read her autobiography last year.

First Known Use of AUTOBIOGRAPHY

1771

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with AUTOBIOGRAPHY

autobiography

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Biography of oneself narrated by oneself. Little autobiographical literature exists from antiquity and the Middle Ages; with a handful of exceptions, the form begins to appear only in the 15th century. Autobiographical works take many forms, from intimate writings made during life that are not necessarily intended for publication (including letters, diaries, journals, memoirs, and reminiscences) to the formal autobiography. Outstanding examples of the genre extend from St. Augustine's Confessions (c. AD 400) to Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory (1951).

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