1)Autobiography: A book about the life of a person written by that person. 2)Statement of Purpose: A brief and focused essay on one's career or research goals written by Author. 3)Biography: A detailed description or account of someone's life (not written by the subject).
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1&2 1)Autobiography- More general account 2)SOP- More Academic (School Application) They should maintain Distinctness; Specificity (don’t not use empty words or exaggerate!!!); Substance (Uniformity)
In a story telling mode The special, unique, distinctive and impressive qualities of the author (Life story) Interests, experiences and Qualifications of author Skills-Academic and Non-academic (Leadership, Management, Cultural etc.) Carrer Goals (specifically for Job application type Abs)
Purpose in graduate study Future Objectives (study of specialization) Future Goals Past Preparation Special Mentions (for the problems in past)
More than a list of impersonal facts (education, work, relationships, and death) Portrays the subject's experience of those events Life story of something ( animal, coin or building etc.) -story telling mode Interests,Experiences & Feelings Depicts the life of an individual in ways that allow the reader to question, evaluate, and analyze the narrative.
Examples of Autobiographies and Biographies
Darwin wrote the book, which he entitled Recollections of the Development of my Mind and Character, for his family. The book was edited by Charles Darwin's son Francis Darwin, who removed several passages about Darwin's critical views of God and Christianity. It was published in London by John Murray as part of The life and letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter. The omitted passages were later restored by Darwin's granddaughter Nora Barlow in a 1958 edition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of The Origin. This edition was published in London by Collins under the title of The Autobiography of Charles Darwin
Mayr has achieved a remarkable distillation of Charles Darwin's scientific thought and his enormous legacy to twentieth-century biology. Describing Darwin’s treatise as "one long argument,". This is an important book for students, biologists, and general readers interested in the history of ideas—especially ideas that have radically altered our worldview. This is a book by a grand master that spells out in simple terms the historical issues and presents the controversies in a manner that makes them understandable from a modern perspective
The Motorcycle Diaries is a book that traces the early travels of Marxist revolutionary Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, then a 23- year-old medical student, and his friend Alberto Granado, a 29-year-old biochemist. Guevara travelled 8,000 kilometres across South America on an old 500cc single cylinder Norton motorcycle. During the journey he is transformed by witnessing the social injustices of exploited mine workers, persecuted communists, ostracized lepers, and the tattered descendants of a once-great Incan civilization. The book ends with a declaration by Guevara, originally born into an upper middle class family, displaying his willingness to fight and die for the cause of the poor, and his dream of seeing a united Latin America.
Combining unprecedented access to the personal archives maintained by Guevara's widow, carefully guarded Cuban government documents, and extensive interviews with both Che's comrades and the CIA men and Bolivian officers who hunted him down, this acclaimed biography stands as "an enduring achievement", illuminating as never before this mythic figure who embodied the greatest moment of revolutionary communism as a force in history.
Written in his own words, this historymaking autobiography is Martin Luther King: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who chafed under and eventually rebelled against segregation; the dedicated young minister who continually questioned the depths of his faith and the limits of his wisdom; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family’s needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fired by a vision of equality for people everywhere.
The Penguin Lives aren't just short biographies; they are profiles with a purpose. In this case, civil rights observer Marshall Frady explores the life and character of minister-activist Martin Luther King Jr. with candor and insight. While presenting the central landmarks and pitfalls of King's life, Frady tackles questions of strategy and ethics, including recent accusations of plagiarism. He writes compellingly about the development of King's anti– Vietnam War stance and his changing views of other black leaders. Frady presents King as a politician with a spiritual mission; a gifted yet flawed man; and a major figure in our shared history.