authors The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

Originally by
7.1k votes 369k views 113 items Embed

List Rules Which autobiographies were the best and most moving reads? Vote them up and add all of your favorites.

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.

1
+ - 433 129
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 Scariest Novels of All Time

2
+ - 193 74
Night is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Night Elie Wiesel

3
+ - 280 94
The Story of My Experiments wi... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

4
+ - 213 83
The Autobiography of Benjamin ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

5
+ - 245 83
Long Walk to Freedom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Long Walk to Freedom Nelson Mandela

6
+ - 146 63
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

7
+ - 244 92
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

8
+ - 216 79
Open: An Autobiography is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Open: An Autobiography Andre Agassi

9
+ - 119 45
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

10
+ - 149 50
Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt

11
+ - 136 51
A Child Called
A Child Called "It" Dave Pelzer

12
+ - 157 72
Scar Tissue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Scar Tissue Anthony Kiedis, Larry Sloman

13
+ - 45 19
The Confessions of St. Augusti... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

14
+ - 67 37
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feyn... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

15
+ - 61 34
Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Running with Scissors Augusten Burroughs

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

16
+ - 66 40
A Walk in the Woods is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson

17
+ - 50 28
Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Girl, Interrupted Susanna Kaysen

18
+ - 48 28
Steve Jobs is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson

19
+ - 38 20
My Left Foot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
My Left Foot Christy Brown

20
+ - 43 26
The Diving-Bell and the Butter... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly Jean-Dominique Bauby

21
+ - 40 32
Chronicles: Volume One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

22
+ - 55 39
The Last Lecture is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Last Lecture Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow

23
+ - 86 81
Bossypants is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Bossypants Tina Fey

24
+ - 26 19
The Crack-Up is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Crack-Up F. Scott Fitzgerald

25
+ - 65 36
Up From Slavery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Up From Slavery Booker T. Washington

26
+ - 40 27
The Education of Henry Adams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

27
+ - 29 19
Life and Times of Frederick Do... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

28
+ - 53 32
A Moveable Feast is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
A Moveable Feast Ernest Hemingway

29
+ - 33 33
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Li... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

16 Celebrities Whose Children Committed Suicide All of the Months of the Year, Ranked

30
+ - 56 36
Black Boy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Black Boy Richard Wright

31
+ - 30 23
On Writing: A Memoir of the Cr... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

32
+ - 57 38
Life: Keith Richards is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Life: Keith Richards Keith Richards

33
+ - 23 17
Donnie Brasco: My Undercover L... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

34
+ - 46 31
Persepolis is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Persepolis Marjane Satrapi

35
+ - 16 11
Survival In Auschwitz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
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.

36
+ - 32 29
Me Talk Pretty One Day is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Me Talk Pretty One Day David Sedaris

37
+ - 6 1
The Glass Castle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls

38
+ - 35 23
Me: Stories of My Life is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Me: Stories of My Life Katharine Hepburn

39
+ - 22 21
Harpo Speaks! is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Harpo Speaks! Harpo Marx

40
+ - 8 6
Miles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Miles Quincy Troupe, Miles Davis

41
+ - 6 4
The Naked Civil Servant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Naked Civil Servant Quentin Crisp

42
+ - 4 2
After Dark is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
After Dark Haruki Murakami

43
+ - 38 30
Notes of a Native Son is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Notes of a Native Son James Baldwin

The Most Overrated Books of All Time The Best Discovery Channel Shows of All Time

44
+ - 16 17
Witness is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Witness Whittaker Chambers

45
+ - 10 10
The Civil War memoirs of Ulyss... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

46
+ - 5 6
Nigger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Nigger Dick Gregory, Robert Lipsyte

47
+ - 38 34
The Fry Chronicles: An Autobio... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written

48
+ - 4 5
The Motion of Light in Water is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
The Motion of Light in Water Samuel R. Delany

49
+ - 4 5
Autobiographies is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
Autobiographies William Butler Yeats

50
+ - 4 5
If It Die is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Autobiographies Ever Written
If It Die André Gide