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A Sylvia Plath / Ted Hughes Chronology

by Wim Van Mierlo
Hardcover - September 2014
List price: $90.00
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Lessons of the Inca Shamans: Beyond the Veil

by Deborah Bryon
Paperback - September 2014
List price: $18.00
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Love: The Saint and the Seeker

by Christina Stevens
Paperback - September 2014
List price: $16.95
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Sous Chef: 24 Hours on the Line

by Michael Gibney
Hardcover - September 2014
List price: $31.99
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21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

by Wilfred Santiago
Paperback - September 2014
List price: $19.99
 Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4ad

Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4ad

by Martin Aston
Paperback - September 2014
List price: $19.99
 Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy

Gray Work: Confessions of an American Paramilitary Spy

by Jamie Smith
Hardcover - September 2014
List price: $27.99
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Biography & Autobiography Books

A biography or simply bio is a detailed description or account of a person's life. It entails more than basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death—a biography also portrays a subject's experience of these events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.

Biographical works are usually nonfiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media—from literature to film—form the genre known as biography.

An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person themselves, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter.

At first, biographical writings were regarded merely as a subsection of history with a focus on a particular individual of historical importance. The independent genre of biography as distinct from general history writing, began to emerge in the 18th century and reached its contemporary form at the turn of the 20th century.

An autobiography is a written account of the life of a person written by that person.


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