Question from Suresh Prabhu, India:

What is the difference between biography and autobiography?

Hello Suresh and thanks for your question. Well, this is a very quick and easy one to answer:

Biography:

  • Biography is the story of a person’s life written or told by a person or persons other than the person who is the subject of the story.

Autobiography:

  • Autobiography is the story of a person’s life written by the person themselves.

So, Suresh, if you were to write a book about your own life, for example ‘The Life of Suresh‘ by Suresh Prabhu, this would be an autobiography.

However, if I were to write the story of your life, for example ‘The Life of Suresh‘ by James Gordon, this would be a biography.

Hope that has cleared that up for you!

Anthony Hughes
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