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Is It A Memoir Or An Autobiography? | Writer’s Relief

Happy Lifewriting Month! Ever wonder why people today seem to publish “memoir” over “autobiography?” According to this article Writer’s Relief found in Signature:

“It used to be simple: famous people wrote autobiographies; nobodies wrote memoirs.”

But today, books by famous people…

“… read much more like memoirs—what used to be autobiography’s emotional, disreputable little sister, and now has become such a dominant nonfiction genre that it’s hard to find a traditional autobiography anymore.”

Read the whole article here.

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