Definition of autobiography in US English:


nounPlural autobiographies

  • 1An account of a person's life written by that person.

    ‘he gives a vivid description of his childhood in his autobiography’
    • ‘The first thing she tells the reader is that she is not unique, which is a relief - most people write autobiographies to persuade us that they are.’
    • ‘People in their twenties should have better things to be doing than writing autobiographies.’
    • ‘And members of the winning team will each receive a signed copy of his new autobiography.’
    • ‘He wrote two autobiographies and many novels loosely based on his family's history and yet he remained, it seems, a private man.’
    • ‘Women are also less likely to have had the self-confidence to write diaries and autobiographies.’
    • ‘She includes extracts from letters and diaries as well as autobiographies.’
    • ‘There is an unusual emphasis on ghosts in herautobiography.’
    • ‘Both artists are skilled storytellers, able to use a few deftly chosen images to render snapshots of their own autobiographies.’
    • ‘Celebrity autobiographies are very tricky things indeed.’
    • ‘By stressing their autobiographies more than their music, they may lose fans who simply want a good record, not a memoir.’
    • ‘Let's just say that by 30, I want to have had an international best-selling autobiography.’
    • ‘Many collections of working class autobiographies have been published and include several written by women.’
    • ‘In a surprisingly candid autobiography, he reveals how his upbringing shaped his writing.’
    • ‘On a related note has any one read his autobiography?’
    • ‘But, there are far more poorly written biographies and autobiographies by generals than there are good ones.’
    • ‘I was 14 when my English teacher set us the task of writing our autobiographies and, wishing to be as precise as possible, I asked my mother for my birth certificate.’
    • ‘One of my guilty pleasures is reading military autobiographies.’
    • ‘Are there any new biographies or autobiographies due out this summer that you would recommend?’
    • ‘Superstar autobiographies usually have a few wild statements.’
    • ‘The author also suffers from the fact that two of his subjects have written terrific autobiographies.’
    • ‘Unlike other scholars, he has chosen to give equal weight to works of fiction as well as diaries, memoirs and autobiographies.’
    memoirs, life story, account of one's life, personal history
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    1. 1.1 The autobiography as a literary genre.
      • ‘It is a unique record that pushes at the boundaries of autobiography and fiction.’
      • ‘I'm of another party, the one that says all autobiography is fiction.’
      • ‘It went right across the board - from literary fiction to celebrity autobiography.’
      • ‘He then adds in elements of autobiography, fragments of myth and history and a dose of magic realism.’
      • ‘The relation between autobiography and your writing is a complicated one.’
      • ‘It is part autobiography, part history, part psychological investigation of the Scottish character.’
      • ‘Although he claims that his films should not be read as autobiography, he is a past master at transforming his life into art.’
      • ‘The details, he says, are pretty much straight autobiography, the sentiments also.’
      • ‘Indeed there is probably more fiction in autobiography than there is autobiography in fiction.’
      • ‘In four volumes of autobiography and three books of journals he distilled much of the flavour of each decade of a remarkable century.’
      • ‘I'm always reluctant to do so because I don't want this blog to turn into autobiography by other means.’
      • ‘If all fiction is autobiography, then we must suggest that perhaps all autobiography is fiction.’
      • ‘This is autobiography, and since when have we been worried about autobiography being indulgent?’
      • ‘The blues sounded like autobiography, like ordinary people telling the story of their lives.’
      • ‘Her art combines romantic autobiography and detached conceptualism.’