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Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels

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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.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best autobiographical novel books?" and "What are the most famous autobiographical novel books?"

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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
James Agee

First Published: 1957

Subjects: Literature, Classics

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Richard A. Johnson

First Published: 1999

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Autobiography, Novel

Original Language: English Language

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A New Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Bernard Malamud

First Published: 1961

Subjects: Literature, Classics

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Novel

Original Language: English Language

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... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
James Joyce

Subjects: Ireland

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Autobiography, Novel, Künstlerroman

Original Language: English Language

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
Michael de Larrabeiti

First Published: 1978-08-24

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Eric Newby

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Michelle Cliff

First Published: 1984

Subjects: Women, Feminism, Jamaica, History

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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
Felice Picano

First Published: 1985

Subjects: Gay, United States of America, 20th century

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Autobiography

Original Language: English Language

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
Lorna Sage

First Published: 2001-07-10

Subjects: Literary, Women, Biography, 20th century, British Cuisine

Genres (Book): Biography, Autobiographical novel, Autobiography, Memoir

Original Language: English Language

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 Ch... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
Dai Sijie

First Published: 2000

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Historical novel

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
Henry Miller

First Published: 1936

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Leo Tolstoy

First Published: 1854

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: Russian Language

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 Pro... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
J. M. Coetzee

First Published: 1997-09

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

First Published: 1968

Subjects: Cancer, Literature, Classics, Soviet Union

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Fiction

Original Language: Russian Language

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
Craig Thompson

First Published: 2004-08

Subjects: Travel

Genres (Book): Graphic novel, Autobiographical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Leo Tolstoy

First Published: 1852

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: Russian Language

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
Adeline Yen Mah

First Published: 1999-09-07

Subjects: China, California, Biography, Family, 20th century, + more

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Biography, Autobiographical novel, Autobiography

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
Paulo Lins

First Published: 1997

Genres (Book): Crime Fiction, Autobiographical novel

Original Language: Portuguese Language

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
Redmond O'Hanlon

Subjects: French West Africa, Congo, West Africa, History, Africa

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Travel literature

Original Language: English Language

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
Wang Shuo

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

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
Ray Bradbury

First Published: 1957

Subjects: Music, Classics, Illinois

Genres (Book): Speculative fiction, Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Novel, Science Fiction, + more

Original Language: English Language

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
Agnes Smedley

First Published: 1929

Subjects: Women, Feminism

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel, Fiction

Original Language: English Language

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
Jack Gantos

First Published: 2011-09-13

Genres (Book): Children's literature, Autobiographical novel, Historical novel

Original Language: English Language

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
Carrie Fisher

Subjects: Alzheimer's disease

Genres (Book): Autobiographical novel

Original Language: English Language

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 an... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Autobiographical Novel Books and Novels
George Orwell

First Published: 1933-01-09

Subjects: Literary, Literature, France, Classics, Poverty, + more

Genres (Book): Non-fiction, Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Original Language: English Language

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