Why does a writer writer a autobiography? What is it trying to achieve ?why does a writer writer a autobiography? what is it trying to achieve ?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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Some people write about autobiographies to share lessons learned. Some authors write their own personal stories to share triumphs and defeats. The reader can learn so much when reading autobiographies. Some write to share touching moments in their lives. To share a touching moment is a joy. The author has been touched and he or she wants to touch others when writing. 

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stolperia | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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The answer to your question will be different for different authors, as has been noted by above posts. Some write their autobiography to feed their egos; some write to leave a record of their life and activities for future generations of their family; some write because they wish to justify actions taken during their lifetime to themselves and/or those who read the story at some point in the future; some write because they feel they have acquired knowledge or experience through their lives that would be of value to future generations and they wish to pass it on; certainly, some write in the hopes of making money from sales of the story; some write as a form of revenge on those they feel have mistreated them.

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

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People want to leave their legacy behind, I think.  People want to be remembered and be able to say that they left their mark in the world. Others want to share the nuggets of wisdom that they obtained through trial and error so that younger generations don't make the same mistakes. As people age, they go through different stages, as we all know. By the time most of life's goals are accomplished and there's nothing left to do, why not give back to future generations.  Keeping records like diaries and journals are great ways to preserve our personal histories for our posterity, too. If the public won't read your autobiography, there's a better chance that your posterity will, and they will appreciate it.

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literaturenerd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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I, too, have to agree with the above postings. While some do publish the texts for notoriety and wealth, others do write them in order to reflect back on their lives. Some authors may feel as though they can offer help to others out in the world going through similar circumstances they have lived through.

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e-martin | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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I agree with the posts above. There are at least a few reasons to write an autobiography and publish it - an interest in rethinking one's life, a desire to make some money and cash in on one's popularity. I suppose the simplest point of an autobiography is to get your own story told. 

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A writer usually writes an autobiography because he or she thinks he has something to say.  There is some lesson to this person's life he or she wants to pass on.  Of course, some people just like to write about themselves.  Most autobiographies are written by people who think their lives will be interesting for other people.  The book is not likely to get published unless there is something there worth reading.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that most autobiographies are written out of vanity and a desire for money.  People like to think that their lives are interesting.  They like to think that they have done good things and that everyone will like them and respect them if they could just hear the story from the person's own perspective.  Besides, if you can make money while feeding your ego, why not?

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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That would depend on the author, I suppose. Some people write autobiographies to cash in on their popularity. Others write them to vindicate themselves to history, in their minds. One of the most famous autobiographies ever written, that of Ulysses S. Grant, was written in order to provide for his family. He finished it just before he passed away from throat cancer.

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hploveee | eNotes Newbie

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I agree with most of the statements above.Some are for popularity,some are to learn from lessons but I think that it is because they want you to learn from their mistakes and it is probably also just to say something to everyone about life.

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gjdesha | (Level 1) eNoter

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some people write autobiographies as a therapy,to come to terms with issues in their life and with,perhaps a painful past or even to understand who they really are.Using the characters in their story,they voice out their own fears,insecurity or any other feeling.Thus,they can stand out of their own self and look at things from a distance and from other perspectives.Writing,in such cases, becomes a way to achieve self-realisation and to get,at least, some anwers to their questions.

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drahmad1989 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Autobiography can help readers in understanding writer psychy.

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msnewbooklover | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 2) Honors

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i think mainly to share the experiences of our life ,v write autobiography.....:p ;)

but to express feelings as many people have difficulties to express their feelings (including me)v write a.biography.....other these for the accurate personal data for the family....

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elekzy | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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The major reason depends wholly on the write. But as an observer, i guess sometimes, its to share one's life experience(s) with other people to motivate, encourage or teach other people about some life; its blessing and challenges.

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