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The best autobiographies ever written include memoirs by famous historical figures, authors, politicians, celebrities, and more. This list includes a wide variety of books that are considered autobiographical. Which one is the best? That's for you to decide, with votes of course. Some of the books listed here have proven to be life-changing reads. If you are an avid reader of autobiographies, you'll likely recognize a vast majority of the books listed here. If one of your favorites is missing, by all means, please do add it to the list. Those of us who love reading a beautifully written autobiography will be grateful!

When talking about the best-written autobiographies ever, any list would be woefully incomplete without Anne Frank: 'The Diary of a Young Girl,' as well as 'The Autobiography of Malcolm X' and Frank McCourt's heartbreaking (and humorous) memoir 'Angela's Ashes.' These books are not only notable autobiographies, they are certainly among the best non-fiction eBooks ever.

Not all of the best autobiographies ever written are dark and serious. Some manage to mix an ample amount of humor in. Tina Fey's brilliant 'Bossypants' and Steve Martin's 'Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life' are excellent examples of must read books by stand up comedians.FYI: You don't necessarily have to spend a small fortune to purchase these best autobiographies ever written. Some of them are available as free ebooks, so be sure to check before you shell out a ton of money.If you're a reading fanatic, you might also like this list of famous autobiographical novel books, as well as this list of the top must-read books of all time.
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The Diary of a Young Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

First Book Successes Written By People Who Weren't Authors The Best Novels About World War 2

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Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Night Elie Wiesel

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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The Story of My Experiments wi... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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The Autobiography of Benjamin ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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Long Walk to Freedom is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela

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The Autobiography of Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley, Malcolm X

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Open: An Autobiography is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Open: An Autobiography Andre Agassi

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The Story of My Life is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Story of My Life Helen Keller

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Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

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A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

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Scar Tissue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman

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The Confessions of St. Augusti... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
looksharp added The Confessions of St. Augustine Augustine of Hippo

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Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feyn... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
msprabhakar added Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson

The Best Novels Written by Famous Actors Last Words Written By Famous People In Their Suicide Notes

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My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
My Left Foot Christy Brown

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Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs

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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen

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A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

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The Glass Castle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Jodie Hunt added The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls

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The Diving-Bell and the Butter... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby

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Bossypants is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Bossypants Tina Fey

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Chronicles: Volume One is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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The Last Lecture is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Last Lecture Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

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The Crack-Up is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
looksharp added The Crack-Up F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Up From Slavery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington

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Life and Times of Frederick Do... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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The Education of Henry Adams is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

The Best Fake Words From The Simpsons 80 Great Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree

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A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway

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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Li... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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Black Boy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Black Boy Richard Wright

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Survival In Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
stubb added Survival In Auschwitz Primo Levi - Primo Levi is in every way a better writer than Elie Wiesel. // First published as If This Be a Man, which is neither informative nor compelling.

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Life: Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Life: Keith Richards Keith Richards

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Donnie Brasco: My Undercover L... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
looksharp added Donnie Brasco: My Undercover Life in the Mafia Joseph D. Pistone

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Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi

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Me: Stories of My Life is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Me: Stories of My Life Katharine Hepburn

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Me Talk Pretty One Day is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris

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Harpo Speaks! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
looksharp added Harpo Speaks! Harpo Marx

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Miles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
dresworld1020 added Miles Quincy Troupe, Miles Davis

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The Naked Civil Servant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
stubb added The Naked Civil Servant Quentin Crisp

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The Civil War memoirs of Ulyss... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
WilliamCarrigan added The Civil War memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant Ulysses S. Grant

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Witness is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
looksharp added Witness Whittaker Chambers

The Most Heartbreaking Novels Ever Written The Best Comedian Biopics

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After Dark is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Cyrus Ashly Neri added After Dark Haruki Murakami

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Notes of a Native Son is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Notes of a Native Son James Baldwin

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Shantaram is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Jessica Jayne added Shantaram Gregory David Roberts

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The Fry Chronicles: An Autobio... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

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The Motion of Light in Water is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
stubb added The Motion of Light in Water Samuel R. Delany

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The Periodic Table is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
stubb added The Periodic Table Primo Levi - The Brits recently voted this the best science book of all time---but it's also an autobiography.

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Wishful Drinking is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Wishful Drinking Carrie Fisher