biography is a detailed description or account of someone's life. More than a list of basic facts (education, work, relationships, and death), a biography also portrays a subject's experience of these 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 a 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. Biographical 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.
autobiography is about a life of a subject, written by that subject or sometimes with a collaborator.
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Ray Bradbury, American writer
Karlheinz Stockhausen, German composer
Norman Schwarzkopf, (pictured) U.S. general
Alfred Musema, Rwandan
Steve Davis, English snooker player
Tori Amos, American singer/songwriter
Mats Wilander, Swedish tennis player
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Theo Bos, Dutch cyclist
"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."