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Published: 26 July 2018

168 Pages | 8 black and white images


ISBN: 9780199669240

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Autobiography: A Very Short Introduction

Laura Marcus

Very Short Introductions

  • Defines what autobiographies are, and considers their relationship with similar literary forms such as memoirs, journals, letters, diaries, and essays
  • Discusses how this form of writing provides literary critics, philosophers, historians and psychologists with an understanding of the ways in which past lives have been lived
  • Analyses how autobiography offers the most fundamental accounts of what it means to be a self in the world
  • Considers the core themes in autobiographical writing, such as confession, romanticism, and family relationships
  • Explores the ways in which fiction and autobiography have shaped each other
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over nine million copies sold worldwide