What are some examples of autobiographical material in literature?According to my teacher: Some writers, while not choosing the genre of autobiography, still include enough autobiographical...

What are some examples of autobiographical material in literature?

According to my teacher: Some writers, while not choosing the genre of autobiography, still include enough autobiographical allusions in their poetry or fiction to tantalize the reader or critic.

So far I have examples from Thoreau, Whitman, Melville, Dickinson, Gilman, and Huges.

I need 10 examples, I just cant find anymore! :(

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clairewait | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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You could argue that most of the writers of the Harlem Renaissance were writing indirect autobiographical pieces.

Also, think about any stories about war.  There are tons of novels about major wars that are fictional, but clearly based on the author's experience.  Examples: All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Remarque); A Farewell to Arms (Ernest Hemingway).

To Kill a Mockingbird is another book that fits your description.

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Much fiction is based on read event and then adapted later by a writer who lived them.  Here are some more examples:

The Things They Carried: Tim O'Brien is a character (persona) in his own story which deals with his real-life experiences in Vietnam and after as a writer.

The Old Man and the Sea: Hemingway bases this novella on his observations of an old fisherman in Cuba where he lived for many years.

The Great Gatsby: Fitzgerald himself is an amalgam of Nick and Gatsby.  His wife, Zelda, is very close to Daisy.

Trifles and "A Jury of Her Peers": Susan Glaspell bases her play and short story on a real murder of a husband by a wife that she noted as a court reporter.

The Catcher in the Rye: though this is not autobiographical in terms of plot, Salinger is very much like Holden was a teen.  Salinger also writes himself into the book at Mr. Antolini.  Here's some other matchups:

I. Salinger vs. Holden

A. both born and raised in NYC

B. both attend schools and fail to graduate (Holden-prep school; Salinger-college)

C. both have parents of different religious faiths

D. both have well-to-do parents

E. both underwent treatment (Holden-psychiatric; Salinger-post war stress)

F. both isolate themselves from others (Holden runs away; Salinger is a recluse in N.H.)

 

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