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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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    Daughter of Earth
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    Daughter of Earth

    Agnes Smedley

    First Published1929

    SubjectsWomen, Feminism

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Daughter of Earth is an autobiographical novel by the American author and journalist Agnes... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Longest Journey
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    The Longest Journey

    E. M. Forster

    First Published1907

    SubjectsLiterary, Marriage, Literature, Classics, England

    Genres (Book)Bildungsroman, Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Longest Journey is a bildungsroman by E. M. Forster.Amazon buy button
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    Shantaram
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    Shantaram

    Gregory David Roberts

    First Published2003

    SubjectsLiterary, Ghost, India

    Genres (Book)Suspense, Biography, Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Shantaram is a 2003 novel by Gregory David Roberts, in which a convicted Australian bank... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Wartime Lies
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    Wartime Lies

    Louis Begley

    First Published1991

    SubjectsPoland

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Wartime Lies is a semi-autobiographical novel by Louis Begley first published in 1991. Set in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ambidextrous
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    Ambidextrous

    Felice Picano

    First Published1985

    SubjectsGay, United States of America, 20th century

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Autobiography

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Ambidextrous: The Secret Lives of Children, is a novel by the American author Felice Picano.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The house of breath

    William Goyen

    First Published1950

    SubjectsTexas

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The House of Breath is a novel written by the American author William Goyen. It was his first... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Bad Blood
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    Bad Blood

    Lorna Sage

    First Published2001-07-10

    SubjectsLiterary, Women, Biography, 20th century, British Cuisine

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Bad Blood is a 2000 work blending collective biography and memoir by the Welsh literary critic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Iron & Silk
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    Iron & Silk

    Mark Salzman

    Genres (Book)Biography, Autobiographical novel

    Iron and Silk is a 1986 autobiographical novel written by Mark Salzman. It describes his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    In Search of Lost Time
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    First Published1913

    SubjectsInvoluntary memory, Literature, Classics, 19th century, Memory

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageFrench Language

    In Search of Lost Time —also translated as Remembrance of Things Past—is a novel in seven... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Las películas de mi vida

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageSpanish Language

    Las películas de mi vida is a 2002 semi-autobiographical novel by Chilean writer Alberto... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Heartburn
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    Heartburn

    Nora Ephron

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Heartburn is an autobiographical novel based on Nora Ephron's life story about her second... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Great Santini
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    First Published1976

    SubjectsLiterary

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Great Santini is a novel written by Pat Conroy and published in 1976.Amazon buy button
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    A Small Place in Italy

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Small Place in Italy is a travel memoir and autobiographical novel written by Eric Newby,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Abeng
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    Abeng

    Michelle Cliff

    First Published1984

    SubjectsWomen, Feminism, Jamaica, History

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Abeng is a novel related to Maroons published in 1984 by Michelle Cliff. It is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Death in the Family

    First Published1957

    SubjectsLiterature, Classics

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Fiction, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Death in the Family is an autobiographical novel by author James Agee, set in Knoxville,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    A Kind of Hush

    Richard A. Johnson

    First Published1999

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel, Autobiography, Novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    SubjectsIreland

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the first novel of Irish writer James Joyce. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    A Rose Beyond the Thames
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    A Rose Beyond the Thames

    Michael de Larrabeiti

    First Published1978-08-24

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    A Rose Beyond the Thames is a partly fictional collection of memoirs written by the English... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Boyhood
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    Boyhood

    Leo Tolstoy

    First Published1854

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageRussian Language

    Boyhood is the second novel in Leo Tolstoy's autobiographical trilogy, following Childhood and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life

    First Published1997-09

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life is a fictionalised autobiographical work by J. M.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Carnet de Voyage

    Craig Thompson

    First Published2004-08

    SubjectsTravel

    Genres (Book)Graphic novel, Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Carnet de Voyage is a 2004 graphic novel by cartoonist Craig Thompson. The book is a... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Chinese Cinderella
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    Chinese Cinderella

    Adeline Yen Mah

    First Published1999-09-07

    SubjectsChina, California, Biography, Family, 20th century

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Dandelion Wine
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    Dandelion Wine

    Ray Bradbury

    First Published1957

    SubjectsMusic, Classics, Illinois

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Dandelion Wine is a 1957 novel by Ray Bradbury, taking place in the summer of 1928 in the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Delusions of Grandma
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    SubjectsAlzheimer's disease

    Genres (Book)Autobiographical novel

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Delusions of Grandma is a novel by actress and author Carrie Fisher that was published in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Down and Out in Paris and London

    First Published1933-01-09

    SubjectsLiterary, Literature, France, Classics, Poverty

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

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Down and Out in Paris and London is the first full-length work by the English author George... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button