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The Best Autobiographical Novels  

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List Rules Non-fiction novels written about the author's life

This list is about the best autobiographical novels; it answers the question, “What are the best autobiographies of all times?” An autobiography can be gripping, motivating and lighthearted at the same time. It allows a reader to truly get to see the world through the author’s perspective, creating a unique sense of empathy. It allows us to open up our minds to someone else’s beliefs and struggles.What distinguishes an autobiography from a biography is that it is written directly from an author about the author’s life; a biography is written by another person other than the author himself. For example, “The Autobiography of Albert Einstein” was written by himself with the help of a good friend Gerhard Roth. However, “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Walter Isaacson was a book written by an author about the life of another person. The effects of reading an autobiography and a biography are very similar: both can capture the reader’s soul potentially more than any other literary type of work out there. A person can be emotionally moved by a great work of fiction, but a true story about an actual human being can take a reader beyond their emotions into actual motivations about the important things in life.Is there an autobiography that has meant a lot to you? Vote on your favorite today!
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A Child Called "It&... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Dave Pelzer
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Angela's Ashes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Frank McCourt
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The Bell Jar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Sylvia Plath
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Girl, Interrupted is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Susanna Kaysen
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I Know Why the Caged Bir... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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Go Ask Alice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Beatrice Sparks
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The Night Trilogy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Elie Wiesel
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To Sir, with Love is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
E. R. Braithwaite
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Marley & Me: Life an... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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Go Tell It on the Mounta... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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Post Office is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Charles Bukowski
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Reading Lolita in Tehran... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
MelonieBethKlouda added Azar Nafisi
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In Search of Lost Time ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Marcel Proust
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Boyhood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Leo Tolstoy
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Look Homeward, Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Thomas Wolfe
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Zen and the Art of Motor... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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A Portrait of the Artist... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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Empire of the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
J. G. Ballard
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The Dharma Bums is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Jack Kerouac
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Surely You're Joking, Mr... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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Running with Scissors is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
chantellebelle added Augusten Burroughs
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Steppenwolf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Hermann Hesse
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A Death in the Family is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
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The Last Lecture is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels
Randy Pausch, Jeffrey Zaslow
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I Dreamed of Africa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Autobiographical Novels