Values of Autobiography
Many people have written an autobiography in one form or another. Some authors write about their lives and then set out to publish their book, while other people may just keep a private journal. No matter what the form the autobiography takes, it still holds much value. Libraries have shelves full of autobiographies of well-known people. These books provide much useful information, not just about the author’s life, but also about the places and time periods in which they live and the other people they interact with.
Journals, private letters, and other communications also serve as an autobiography of sorts. These items, which may not be published or publicly distributed, still hold value. Old journal entries provide a way to look back on one’s life years ago and see the changes that have come with time. Letters provide memories as well, for both the writer and the receiver. I have often flipped back through an old journal, or taken out and re-read special letters. When I read over such writings, I see again the story of my life; from the silly little girl of years ago to the person I am now. Autobiographies, of even the private, informal sort, possess much value in the information and memories they impart.