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List of famous autobiographical novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular autobiographical novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best autobiographical novel novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Books on this list include Tropic of Cancer and The Bell Jar.

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
A Death in the Family James Agee A Death in the Family is an autobiographical novel by author James Agee, set in Knoxville, Tennessee. He began writing it in 1948, but it was not quite complete when he died in 1955. It was ...more

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A Kind of Hush is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
A Kind of Hush Richard A. Johnson

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A New Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
A New Life Bernard Malamud A New Life is a semi-autobiographical campus novel by Bernard Malamud first published in 1961. It is Malamud's third published novel.

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A Portrait of the Artist as a ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce. A Künstlerroman in a modernist style, it traces the religious and intellectual awakening of young ...more

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A Rose Beyond the Thames is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
A Rose Beyond the Thames Michael de Larrabeiti A Rose Beyond the Thames is a partly fictional collection of memoirs written by the English author Michael de Larrabeiti and published in the United Kingdom in 1978 by The Bodley Head.

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A Small Place in Italy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
A Small Place in Italy Eric Newby A Small Place in Italy is a travel memoir and autobiographical novel written by Eric Newby, author of The Last Grain Race and Slowly Down the Ganges. In 1967, Eric Newby and his wife Wanda ...more

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Abeng is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Abeng Michelle Cliff Abeng is a novel related to Maroons published in 1984 by Michelle Cliff. It is a quasi-autobiographical novel about a mixed-race Jamaican girl named Clare Savage growing up in the 1950s. It ...more

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Ambidextrous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Ambidextrous Felice Picano Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children, is a novel by the American author Felice Picano. The book is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's life growing up in the 1950s. Major ...more

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Bad Blood is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Bad Blood Lorna Sage Bad Blood is a 2000 work blending collective biography and memoir by the Welsh literary critic and novelist Lorna Sage. Set in post-war North Wales, it reflects on the dysfunctional generations ...more

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Balzac and the Little Chinese ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress Dai Sijie Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Dai Sijie, and published in 2000 in French and in English in 2001. It is the author's first published novel. ...more

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Black Spring is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Black Spring Henry Miller Black Spring is a novel by the American writer Henry Miller, published in 1936 by the Obelisk Press in Paris, France. Black Spring was Miller's second published novel, following Tropic of Cancer ...more

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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Boyhood Leo Tolstoy Boyhood is the second novel in Leo Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy, following Childhood and followed by Youth. The novel was first published in the Russian literary journal Sovremennik in

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Boyhood: Scenes from Provincia... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life J. M. Coetzee Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life is a fictionalised autobiographical work by J. M. Coetzee, and focuses on his years spent growing up in South Africa.

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Cancer Ward is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Cancer Ward Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Cancer Ward is a semi-autobiographical novel by Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in 1967, and banned in the Soviet Union in 1968. The novel tells the story of a small group ...more

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Carnet de Voyage is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Carnet de Voyage Craig Thompson Carnet de Voyage is a 2004 graphic novel by cartoonist Craig Thompson. The book is a combination of a travelogue and sketches that Thompson compiled while traveling through France, Barcelona, ...more

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Childhood is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Childhood Leo Tolstoy Childhood is the first published novel by Leo Tolstoy, released under the initials L. N. in the November 1852 issue of the popular Russian literary journal The Contemporary. It is the first in a ...more

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Chinese Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Chinese Cinderella Adeline Yen Mah Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter is a book by the Chinese-American physician and author Adeline Yen Mah describing her experiences growing up in China during the ...more

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City of God is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
City of God Paulo Lins City of God is a 1997 semi-autobiographical novel by Paulo Lins, about three young men and their lives in Cidade de Deus, a favela in Western Rio de Janeiro where Lins grew up. It is the only ...more

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Congo Journey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Congo Journey Redmond O'Hanlon Congo Journey is an autobiographical novel by British author Redmond O'Hanlon, following his trip across Congo-Brazzaville, taking a friend to Lake Tele in search of ...more

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Could be Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Could be Beautiful Wang Shuo Could be Beautiful is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Wang Shuo.

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Dandelion Wine is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Dandelion Wine Ray Bradbury Dandelion Wine is a 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury, taking place in the summer of 1928 in the fictional town of Green Town, Illinois, based upon Bradbury's childhood home of Waukegan, Illinois. The ...more

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Daughter of Earth is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Daughter of Earth Agnes Smedley Daughter of Earth is an autobiographical novel by the American author and journalist Agnes Smedley. The novel chronicles the years of Marie Rogers’s tumultuous childhood, struggles in ...more

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Dead End in Norvelt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Dead End in Norvelt Jack Gantos Dead End in Norvelt is an autobiographical novel by the American author Jack Gantos, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2011. It features a boy named Jack Gantos and is based partly on ...more

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Delusions of Grandma is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Delusions of Grandma Carrie Fisher Delusions of Grandma is a novel by actress and author Carrie Fisher that was published in 1993. Like most of Fisher's books, this novel is semi-autobiographical and fictionalizes events ...more

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Down and Out in Paris and Lond... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Down and Out in Paris and London George Orwell Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George Orwell, published in 1933. It is a memoir in two parts on the theme of poverty in the two cities. The ...more

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Dream of Fair to Middling Wome... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Dream of Fair to Middling Women Samuel Beckett Dream of Fair to Middling Women is Samuel Beckett’s first novel. Written in English "in a matter of weeks" in 1932 when Beckett was only 26 and living in Paris, the clearly ...more

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El árbol de la ciencia is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
El árbol de la ciencia Pío Baroja The Tree of Knowledge is a novel written by Pío Baroja. It was published in 1911, although the action takes place between 1887 and 1898. It is a semi-autobiographical work divided into ...more

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El árbol de la ciencia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels

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Émile is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Émile Émile is an 1827 autobiographical novel by Émile de Girardin, based on Girardin's early life.

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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Empire of the Sun J. G. Ballard Empire of the Sun is a 1984 novel by J. G. Ballard which was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Like Ballard's earlier short story, ...more

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Evil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Evil Jan Guillou Ondskan is a Swedish novel by Jan Guillou.

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Fatelessness is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Fatelessness Imre Kertész Fateless or Fatelessness is a novel by Imre Kertész, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize for literature, written between 1969 and 1973 and first published in 1975. The novel is a ...more

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Hunter S. Thompson Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream is a novel by Hunter S. Thompson, illustrated by Ralph Steadman. The book is a roman à clef, rooted in ...more

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Feuchtgebiete is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Feuchtgebiete Charlotte Roche Wetlands is Charlotte Roche's debut novel. Partly autobiographical, it was first published in German in 2008 by M. DuMont Schauberg and was the world's best-selling novel in March 2008. For ...more

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Flannelled Fool is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Flannelled Fool T. C. Worsley Flannelled Fool is an autobiography by T. C. Worsley, published in 1967. It takes its title from a phrase in "The Islanders", a poem by Rudyard Kipling. Though Flannelled Fool is ...more

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FLASHBACK Vietnam COVER-UP PTS... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
FLASHBACK Vietnam COVER-UP PTSD Alan C. Thomas, HMCM/USN, Ret.

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Galatea 2.2 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Galatea 2.2 Richard Powers Galatea 2.2 is a 1995 pseudo-autobiographical novel by Richard Powers and a contemporary reworking of the Pygmalion myth. The book's narrator shares the same name as Powers, with the book ...more

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Go Tell It on the Mountain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Go Tell It on the Mountain James Baldwin Go Tell It on the Mountain is a 1953 semi-autobiographical novel by James Baldwin. The novel examines the role of the Christian Church in the lives of African-Americans, both as a source of ...more

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Grave of the Fireflies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Grave of the Fireflies Akiyuki Nosaka Grave of the Fireflies is a 1967 semi-autobiographical novel by Japanese novelist Akiyuki Nosaka. It is based on his experiences before, during, and after the firebombing of Kobe in 1945. One of ...more

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Ham on Rye is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Ham on Rye Charles Bukowski Ham on Rye is a 1982 semi-autobiographical novel by American author and poet Charles Bukowski. Written in the first person, the novel follows Henry Chinaski, Bukowski’s thinly-veiled alter ego, ...more

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Heartburn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Heartburn Nora Ephron Heartburn is an autobiographical novel based on Nora Ephron's life story about her second marriage to Carl Bernstein. Originally published in 1983, the novel largely focuses on his affair with ...more

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Here My Home Once Stood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Here My Home Once Stood Here My Home Once Stood: A Holocaust Memoir is a 2008 World War II memoir told in Russian by Moyshe Rekhtman and transcribed, translated and written by his grandson Phil Shpilberg. As a ...more

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Her is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Her H.D. HERmione, is an autobiographical novel written by imagist poet H.D.. It forms part of what she refers to as her Madrigal cycle, which also includes Bid Me to Live, Paint it Today and Asphodel.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a seven-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story ...more

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I Never Promised You a Rose Ga... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Joanne Greenberg I Never Promised You a Rose Garden is a semi-autobiographical novel by Joanne Greenberg, written under the pen name of Hannah Green. It was made into a film in 1977 and a play in 2004.

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I Put a Spell on You is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
I Put a Spell on You Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You is the autobiography by Nina Simone. She wrote it together with Stephen Cleary in 1992.

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In My Brother's Shadow is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
In My Brother's Shadow In My Brother's Shadow: A Life and Death in the SS is the title of a semi-autobiographical novel by Uwe Timm. It was translated and published in English in 2005. The plot, based on Timm's own ...more

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In Search of Lost Time is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
In Search of Lost Time Marcel Proust In Search of Lost Time —also translated as Remembrance of Things Past—is a novel in seven volumes by Marcel Proust. His most prominent work, it is known both for its length and its theme of ...more

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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Inferno August Strindberg Inferno is an autobiographical novel by August Strindberg. Written in French in 1896-97 at the height of Strindberg's troubles with both censors and women, the book is concerned with ...more

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Insatiable is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Insatiable Insatiable is an autobiographical novel from French PR worker Valérie Tasso.