Saturday, October 13, 2007

What is a Memoir?

Just as I was about to wrap up for today, I ran across this posting on Garden and Hearth's Book Club site (with Barbara Doyen), which defines "memoir":

Memoirs are perennially popular with many new books coming out each year. In our recent discussion of the bestseller, Night, by Elie Wiesel, we mentioned that the book was a memoir, not an autobiography or biography. But what is a memoir, anyway?

Memoir, Autobiography, Biography

A memoir is a special kind of autobiography, usually involving a public portion of the author's life as it relates to a person, historic event, or thing. The text is about the personal knowledge and/or experiences of the author.

In contrast, an autobiography covers the author's entire life to the present, and is expected to include details about his or her public and private life. A biography is someone’s life story written by another person...

More (but be careful; I got a pop up)

From time to time, I'll be posting helpful snippets for any readers out there who may be aspiring writers.


Jennifer Semple Siegel

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