Autobiography vs. Biography vs. Memoir

What is a Biography?

  • His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Einstein: The Life and Times by Ronald William Clark
  • Princess Diana — A Biography of The Princess of Wales by Drew L. Crichton

What is an Autobiography?

  • The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

What is a Memoir?

  • Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant by Ulysses S. Grant

Autobiography vs. Biography vs. Memoir Comparison

Biography

Autobiography

Memoir

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