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Sunday, 18 December 2011


In antiquity books written by people documentating their lives were typically entitled 'apologia' purporting to be self-justification rather than self-documentation.

The first autobiographical work in Islamic society was written in the late 11th century, by Abdallah ibn Buluggin, last Zirid king of Granada.

The Boke of Margery Kempe (c. 1432–36) is the oldest known autobiography in English. It described among other things her pilgrimage to the Holy Land and visit to Rome. The book remained in manuscript and was not published until 1936.

The term autobiography was first used in 1809 by Robert Southey.

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