Ten of the Greatest Autobiographies By Famous People 

 Ten of the Greatest Autobiographies By Famous People

Autobiographies are first-hand experiences of authors’ lives, so they can be quite insightful and engaging to read. As with everything in life, however, some are better than others.

The 10 autobiographies featured here are by some of the most famous people ever to walk the earth, so there’s bound to be something that you can gain from reading them. The featured books have links to Amazon where readers can look inside each book for more information….

Here they are:

  1. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

One of America’s founding fathers started off life as a lower-middle class youth, and became one of the world’s most admired men. This autobiography also details Franklin’s unflinching belief in the American Dream, and shows the possibilities that awaited people in the New World back in the 18th Century. His idealism, intellectualism and optimism are all highly apparent. This autobiography is divided into four parts, and well worth a read.


  1. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

This legendary leader went from being imprisoned for 26 years to becoming the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Nelson Mandela’s autobiography details his childhood, becoming a freedom fighter and molding South Africa into the representative democracy that it is today.



  1. The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi

Humility defined this man during his lifetime, and that quality is reflected in his autobiography. It highlights the moral and spiritual side of one of history’s most extraordinary leaders, and contains every detail of his life. The historical and political incidents that he was a part of can also be found in this autobiography. It’s a wonderful book that isn’t to be missed.



  1. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Anne Frank is a name known around the world that’s synonymous with the Nazi persecution of Jewish people during World War II. This remarkable young lady hid in a secret annex in a house on a canal in the Dutch capital of Amsterdam together with her family and four other individuals between 1942 and 1944. Sadly, the Nazis found them just a year before the end of the World War II, and they were all sent to the concentration camps. Her diary details her day-to-day life in hiding.


  1. Chronicles, Vol 1 by Bob Dylan

This music legend’s autobiography is actually spread over three volumes, with this being the first part. It covers three selected points throughout his long career, namely the years 1961, 1970 and 1989. Dylan details his experiences while recording his first album, as well as his devotion to two of his lesser albums. If you’re a music lover, you’ll find something to enjoy here.



  1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou actually wrote seven autobiographies during her lifetime, but it was this one that made her famous. Her very first autobiography tells a story of the struggle of an African American during the time when racial segregation was still a stark reality in the USA. Furthermore, this beautiful piece of literature details the hardships of life, and how Angelou managed to overcome the horrific trauma of being raped by her mother’s live-in boyfriend.



  1. Agatha Christie: An Autobiography  by Agatha Christie

Her novels are world-famous, but her life isn’t as well-known. In fact, one of Agatha Christie’s biggest and best mysteries is her very own life. Her autobiography covers her happy childhood, the good relationship she had with her mother, and the tragic episodes that affected her for the worse. She also let the world know how she feels about her celebrated novels by means of her autobiography.



  1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

The King of Horror has sold more than 350 million copies of his work in his lifetime to date, but his autobiography contains no horror to speak of. Instead, you’ll learn about Stephen King’s personal life and experience, as well as his struggle both before and after he became famous. King also divulges the secrets that make him the great horror novelist that he is.



  1. A Moveable Feast  by Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway is one of America’s most celebrated authors and journalists. Although the events in his autobiography are somewhat scattered, it still makes for a wonderful read. You’ll find out Hemingway’s thoughts on what shaped him into becoming a writer, as well as learn about his love interests and his perspectives on a different things.



  1. Autobiography of Mark Twain  by Mark Twain

The best way to describe Mark Twain’s autobiography is as a colorful representation of his long life. What’s more is that this book is recognized as a classic in its own right, and manifests the different roles that Twain had during his life. It has an abundance of style, scope, imagination, laughter and tragedy.


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  • Gigi  On October 7, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was required reading when my twins were in the 7th grade. It stirred up a lot of controversy within the local school district because of the sexual content. Excerpts of the book’s sexual depravity was paraded on our local news website/blog to denounce it. The book was removed. Of course, the book’s detractors thought it was no big deal, trotting out the broad sweeping statement ” kids that age are already having sex.” Maybe so in the poorer dysfunctional in the community where getting pregnant early to get on the welfare dole is a rite of passage. But for middle class folks, their expectations and priorities are usually different. This was the very same community that went into an uproar and took the school district to task when it decided to pull To Kill A Mocking Bird from the reading curriculum because some blacks protested the reading of the book because of the use of the ‘n word’. The ignorance of people. Needless to say, the book kept its prideful place.

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    A quote from each book:

    “Folks don’t like to have someone around knowin’ more than they do. It aggravates them. Your not gonna change any of them by talkin’ right, they’ve got to want to learn themselves, and when they don’t want to learn there’s nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language.” Atticus Finch:
    ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

    “Because of the kinds of news we filched from those hushed conversations, I was convinced that whenever Reverend Thomas came and Momma sent us to the back room they were going to discuss whitefolks and “doing it.” [even at a tender age, the poor kids already knew that the godly reverend and their moma were committing sin by screwing around] – Maya Angelou, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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