An essay has been defined in a variety of ways. One definition is a "prose composition with a focused subject of discussion" or a "long, systematic discourse".
Life[ edit ] 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.
Spiritual autobiography[ edit ] Spiritual autobiography is an account of an author's struggle or journey towards God, followed by conversion a religious conversion, often interrupted by moments of regression.
The author re-frames his or her life as a demonstration of divine intention through encounters with the Divine.
The earliest example of a spiritual autobiography is Augustine's Confessions though the tradition has expanded to include other religious traditions in works such as Zahid Rohari 's An Autobiography and Black Elk Speaks.
The spiritual autobiography works as an endorsement of his or her religion. Memoir A memoir is slightly different in character from an autobiography. While an autobiography typically focuses on the "life and times" of the writer, a memoir has a narrower, more intimate focus on his or her own memories, feelings and emotions.
Memoirs have often been written by politicians or military leaders as a way to record and publish an account of their public exploits.
In the work, Caesar describes the battles that took place during the nine years that he spent fighting local armies in the Gallic Wars. His second memoir, Commentarii de Bello Civili or Commentaries on the Civil War is an account of the events that took place between 49 and 48 BC in the civil war against Gnaeus Pompeius and the Senate.
French examples from the same period include the memoirs of Cardinal de Retz — and the Duc de Saint-Simon. Fictional autobiography[ edit ] The term "fictional autobiography" signifies novels about a fictional character written as though the character were writing their own autobiography, meaning that the character is the first-person narrator and that the novel addresses both internal and external experiences of the character.
Daniel Defoe 's Moll Flanders is an early example. Charles Dickens ' David Copperfield is another such classic, and J.
Salinger 's The Catcher in the Rye is a well-known modern example of fictional autobiography. The term may also apply to works of fiction purporting to be autobiographies of real characters, e.
Autobiography through the ages[ edit ] This section does not cite any sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. December Learn how and when to remove this template message The classical period:by Milton Friedman Introduction, Leonard Read’s delightful story, “I, Pencil,” has become a classic, and deservedly so.
I know of no other piece of literature that so succinctly, persuasively, and effectively illustrates the meaning of both Adam Smith’s invisible hand—the possibility of cooperation without coercion—and Friedrich Hayek’s emphasis on the importance of dispersed.
When typing, book titles—in fact, the titles of any full-length works—should always be italicized. Titles of shorter works, such as a poem or short story, should be put in quotation marks.
You. The Autobiography of a Book. In recent times, I have been on a pre-loved books buying spree. It is always so interesting to read what a reader may have highlighted or the notes of love and endearment written as a gift, reward or another momentous event. Mar 21, · To write an autobiography, start by making a timeline of your most important life events that you feel you could write about.
Then, identify the main characters in your life story, including family members, ex-boyfriends or girlfriends, friends, and enemies%(). The word autobiography literally means SELF (auto), LIFE (bio), WRITING (graph).Or, in other words, an autobiography is the story of someone's life written or otherwise told by that person.
There are two basic types of summaries: a reader summary, that you compose to develop a better understanding of what you have read, or a summary essay, which is written for others and is an overview of an original text.