As a literary
genre, a memoir forms a subclass of autobiography. Memoirs
may appear less structured and less encompassing than formal
autobiographical works as they are usually about part of a life –
often a public part of a life – rather than a life from childhood
to old age.
are commonly written by political and military leaders. Recently, however,
several professional writers such as David Sedaris, Augusten Burroughs
and Dave Eggers have become famous almost solely for writing interesting or
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