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Why You Should Be Reading Autobiographical Novels

Autobiographical novels are an excellent way to learn something from an enjoyable read. Barnes & Noble and AbeBooks are two booksellers where you can find a great selection of autobiographical novels for your enjoyment.

Benefits of Autobiographical Novels

An autobiography is the author's own story, written and told by the author himself. This differs from a biography, which is written by an author about someone else's life. An autobiographical novel is a novel based on the author's experiences, which greatly enhances the reading experience for many people. This means that the author has recorded their life and basic experiences in novel form, by adding in some elements of fiction.

The names and locations in the novel might be changed to make them more dramatic for the reader, but the novel will still have a basic resemblance to the author's life. In an autobiographical novel, there is not the promise of exact truth, but the author's life has formed the basic storyline of the novel.

Examples of notable autobiographical novels include David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway and Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. For these and many other interesting autobiographical novels, visit Barnes & Noble and AbeBooks.

By: Christine Sedlacek