Autobiography Essays

Autobiography of a Face

Lucy Grealy’s “Autobiography of a Face” is the personal autobiographical story of her tragic experiences with Ewing’s sarcoma of the jaw, a rare form of cancer. The book was published in 1994 and reprinted in 2003 with an afterword by her friend, author Ann Patchett. Lucy Grealy had immigrated to America from Ireland at the age of four with her family and was diagnosed with the disease when she just a child of nine. She graduated in Sarah Lawrence College…

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Juan Luna

Juan Luna y Novicio (October 23, 1857 – December 7, 1899) was a Filipino painter, sculptor and a political activist of the Philippine Revolution during the late 19th century. He became one of the first recognized Philippine artists. His winning the gold medal in the 1884 Madrid Exposition of Fine Arts, along with the silver win of fellow Filipino painter Félix Resurrección Hidalgo, prompted a celebration which was a major highlight in the memoirs of members of the Propaganda Movement,…

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_the Seven Storey Mountain_ by Thomas Merton

Introduction Thomas Merton went through a significant conversion in his youth and turned into a prominent Catholic author and spiritualist. His autobiography “The Seven Storey Mountain” discusses his life from childhood to adult and the conversion to Roman Catholicism and entry into a monastery.  The title and the sequence of this book were enthused by Dante’s “The Divine Comedy”. Merton’s autobiography is divided into three parts: The first describes his life without God (“Hell”); the second, the beginning of his…

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My Reading Autobiography

Reading has been an important part in my life. I have always loved reading since reading entertains, educates and informs. Reading interesting novels such as fiction books has been part of the entertainment aspect of my reading history. I love the way stories are told in books and as I read, I often get overwhelmed and enter the scene being explained in the story. At times I feel I am watching live scenes. This entertains me! Books have educated me….

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The Spiritual Autobiography

One of the fascinating characteristics of Japanese religion is the syncretism of its traditional religions, foremost of which are Zen Buddhism and Shinto. In Journey In Search of the Way: The Spiritual Autobiography of Satomi Myodo, Satomi gives a mesmerizing look into the spirituality of Japan, through the eyes of what seems at first an unlikely witness. Satomi’s experiences are untypical for a Japanese woman in the Meiji era, considering that she was the only daughter of her parents. Petty…

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Autobiography of a 15 Year Old

On 24th April 1998, just before midnight, the mother of a four year old who had been due for the 3rd of May, felt like her second child was ready to enter the world, but her father in-law, who had been among the most honourable physicians of the day, declared it to be false pain. When the situation got serious, she was finally admitted, and gave birth to a boy, which was much to the fascination of her father in-law,…

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Autobiographoical Samples

I really used to like to ride my skateboard down the hill in front of my house. One day, my friend Andre and I decided to take turns riding the skateboard on the slanted patio. It was Andre’s turn to ride down, and I rode the skateboard up the patio to him. I kneeled with one knee on the skateboard and used the other foot to push myself up. One brick on the patio stuck out about half an inch. I…

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The Autobiography of a Face

Autobiography of a Face, by Lucy Grealy, is her story about the misfortune of having a third of her jaw removed and the cruel reality that followed. At age nine, Lucy Grealy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel taunts of her peers. Vividly portraying the pain of peer rejection and the guilty pleasures of wanting to be special, Grealy captured what it is…

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Autobiography

My name is Asella Ware, I am 16 years old. My birthday is November 12, 1996; I was born in Pontiac Michigan. My parent’s names are Tonya King and Joseph Ware. My parents are separated and remarried. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. My brother’s name is Joseph he is 11 years old, the other one is Ajene he is 13 years old. My sister is Laneyna she is 18 years old. My child hood I went to Webster…

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The Education of Henry Adams

Technology has changed the world faster than many of us could have imagined, and is continuing to change the world. Henry Adams envisioned the change technology would have on the world on his trip to the Paris Exposition. In his autobiography, The Education of Henry Adams, Adams writes about his trip to the Paris Exposition and everything he observed. He sees the dynamo, a machine that produced electricity, which Adams described as powerful, significant, and profound. He did not fully…

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A Complicated Conversation with William Pinar_ a Reader Response to _from Autobiography to Allegory_

William Pinar (2011): “To understand curriculum as complicated conversation, I invoke the concept of ‘allegory.’ It is, in my usage, interrelated with ‘reconstruction,’ as each reactivates the past in order to find the future. To reconstruct means to ‘establish or assemble again…” (49). Alyssa: Establish or assemble again….ok, I am in Grammy’s house, she is in her chair, we are drinking tea, or playing cards, yes, if I am going to establish or assemble again, I may as well go…

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Frederick Douglass One Pager

Life comes with many obstacles. Overcoming these barriers requires a set mind and perseverance. Slave-born abolitionist speaker Frederick Douglass, in his autobiography The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass depicts his life as a slave and his experiences to show to evil in slavery. His story explains how he changed and what he accomplished throughout his life. This slave narrative illustrates the young slave’s struggle to free himself from the mental and physical traumas tied with slavery. On the…

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A Neo Slave Narrative

Often, man resorts to story-telling as a way of reconciling with a formidable incident in the past. By re-telling the story to another party, he comes to accept that this is a reality to be faced. He realizes that acceptance, rather than denial, is the best way of going about this trouble. Aside from the rehabilitating ability of story-telling with its contributory effect in dealing with a painful memory, others simply do this as a way of remembering. Concretizing the…

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Literacy Autobiography

In your role as a writer for this class, your first paper will be a reflective writing. You have numerous options to choose from: 1 – Literacy Autobiography: This paper will take the form of an autobiography, memoir, or personal essay describing 1) a particularly important literacy event in your life, or 2) a more complete literacy history, or 3) a struggle you have had in your literacy development. For example, for the first option you may choose to write…

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Summary the Story of My Life by Helen

Helen’s apprehension before writing her autobiography Helen felt a kind of hesitation before she set on the task of penning down her autobiography and, thus, reveal the story of her life. In addition, the task itself was a difficult one for Helen: looking back, she could hardly distinguish between the facts and the fancies across the years. Furthermore, in the process of learning new things, she had forgotten many important incidents and experiences of her childhood. Birth of Helen Helen…

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