account of a person's life written by another person

A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life 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 non-fiction, 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 himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter.
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Wild Swans

novel by Jung Chang

author: Jung Chang


The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas

1933 book by Gertrude Stein

author: Gertrude Stein


Trotsky: A Biography

book by Robert Service

author: Robert Service


Hammer of the Gods

book by Stephen Davis

author: Stephen Davis


The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

book by Richard Feynman

author: Richard Feynman


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