Difference Between Autobiography and Biography

Autobiography vs Biography

Autobiography and Biography are two words that are often confused due to the similarity in their meanings. Strictly speaking both the words are different from each other in terms of their meanings and connotations.

Autobiography is a book written by a person that gives an account of his own life in the book. His explains the various events connected with his childhood, youth and adulthood in the book.

Biography on the other hand is written by a person on another person that is considered a celebrity by the world at large. Biography explains the various events connected with the childhood, youth and adulthood of the celebrity in the words of the author. This is the major difference between autobiography and biography.

The writer of a biography is called a biographer. He should have studied the life of the celebrity or the important person about whom he writes the book carefully indeed so that he gives a lively account of the various events connected with his life.

An autobiography on the other hand is not complete in nature in the sense that it does not contain the complete life of the person who writes the book, it may contain the important period of that person. On the other hand biography is complete in nature. It often ends with the complete life of the celebrity or the important person about whom the work is written. In the case of the living personalities, the biographies end with the most recent events connected with the life of the celebrities. This is also an important difference between autobiography and biography. Both biographies and autobiographies are considered fiction works.