Anjani Haripriya Vishnubhatla
Since childhood, we all grew up listening to stories narrated by our elders. The characters from these stories make us who we are today. There are various Autobiographies written by famous personalities that can teach you a lot.
So, here is a list of 10 beautiful autobiographies that every person should read at least once in their life.
1. Long walk to freedom – Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela, the world famous freedom fighter who spent 27 years in prison to build a liberal, democratic South Africa writes his experiences right from his childhood.
He describes not-so-pretty sights of his nation and how he saw the change throughout his life. The book won Alan Paton Award in 1995, and has been published in numerous languages, including an Afrikaans translation by Antjie Krog.
2. The diary of a young girl – Anne Frank
Anne Frank was a Jewish girl, who, along with her family and a few friends went into hiding during the World War II. She starts writing her diary during her hiding days and just like any other teenage girl, she pens down her journey while in hiding, her teenage crushes, friendships, and academics.
She shares her experiences as an emotional roller coaster ride and how she opinionated other people’s behavior. Her diary ends shortly after her fifteenth birthday. In 2009, the notebooks of the diary were submitted by the Netherlands and included in UNESCO’S Memory of the World register.
3. I know why the caged bird sings – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou’s seventh autobiography which brought her quite a lot of fame explains her struggling seventeen years as a Black American from birth.
Horrific incidents in her life that started with her mother’s divorce, how she was raped by her mother’s live-in boyfriend and how she overcame the trauma are narrated
It narrates the hardships of every Black American who faced racism at that time. In the course of Caged Bird, Maya transforms from a victim of a racism to a dignified young woman capable of responding to prejudice.
4. Agatha Christie : An Autobiography – Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie, known for her mysterious plots and thrillers, writes about the mystery of her own life. She shares the joy of her happy childhood, her bond with her mother, a few incidents that shaped her into who she is, her mother’s death and the truth about her marriages.
She narrates about her works and what keeps her going. Most of the details relates to the firm milestones in her career.
5. On writing : A memoir of the Craft – Stephen King
Stephen King, well known for his work in horror genre, leaves behind his signature work and pens down some personal life experiences.
Unlike his signature writing style, he adopts good humor in his writing and makes all three parts equally enthralling. The name itself sounds so vintage, but in 2008, Entertainment weekly listed On writing 21st on their list of “The New Classics : Books – The 100 best reads from 1983 to 2008”
6. A Moveable feast – Ernest Hemingway
With scattered events like a manuscript in itself, this is a story of lost innocence. It tells about the great American author and journalist, his perspectives, love interests and life events.
7. Autobiography of Mark Twain – Mark Twain
He takes us through a journey of different roles played by himself in different stages of his life – a family man, a brother, a friend, a son, and an author.
We see a colorful presentation of life in this book and every style is included which remains close to the reader’s heart.
8. Mein Kampf – Adolf Hitler
Written in German by Hitler, it is one of the most powerful autobiographies globally. The tales of his journey till he becomes a mass murderer are penned down frankly and all the twisted tales in between are shared. Mein Kampf in German means, My struggle.
9. Dreams from my father – Barack Obama
Barack Obama was one of the most loved presidents of the United States of America.
A black American who paved his way to American politics, his journey, his family, his relationships, struggles, the racism that he had to face, and everything that adds value to his life has been discussed in this autobiography.
10. The story of my experiments with truth – M.K. Gandhi
This autobiography mostly consists of his experiences as a brown freedom fighter who had a big hand in making India a free nation.
His perspectives, philosophies, historical and political incidents and many other events are beautifully described. He showed moral and spiritual side of an extraordinary leader and why he chose the way of ‘Ahinsa’ .
When you read an autobiography, you can blend into the characters and witness the history from first-hand experience. Also, who wouldn’t want to learn from successful people who have been there?
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