Dive into the world of biography, which is an account of another person’s life drawn from available evidence. This evidence might include correspondence, diaries, published articles, recordings, archives, or even the author’s personal recollection of the subject of the biographical record. Biographies can be brief or highly detailed, but they generally take a chronological approach, covering the major events of the biographee’s childhood, education, career, relationships, and family. The subject of the biography may be dead at the time of writing, still alive but not collaborating with the author, or still alive and collaborating with the author.
Biographies aim to provide details of a person’s life in an entertaining and informative way. They span both the history and literary genres since both genres deal with the past and require extensive research. Biographical accounts are frequently used to illuminate some aspect of history; for example, a biography of the British politician Winston Churchill provides a different way of looking at the events of World War II. While most biographies are nonfiction, some biographies use a novel-like format by including conversations or details it would've been impossible to know in the context of known facts and events.
While the majority of biographies are about famous persons, biographies can also focus on ordinary people whose lives constitute a compelling story. A person can also write their own life story, known as an autobiography; a related genre, the memoir, is an autobiography that focuses more on an event or situation in the author’s life rather than on the author.