A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.
Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography.
An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter.
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On this day - August 21
- 1614 - Elizabeth Báthory, the world's most prolific female serial killer (b. 1560)
- 1762 - Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, English writer (b. 1689)
- 1935 - John Hartley, English tennis player, double winner of Wimbledon (b. 1849)
- 1940 - Leon Trotsky, Russian revolutionary (b. 1879)
- 1943 - Henrik Pontoppidan, Danish writer, Nobel Prize (b. 1857)
- 1947 - Ettore Bugatti, Italian automobile manufacturer (b. 1881)
- 1981 - Michael Devine, the last man to die in the 1981 Irish hunger strike (b. 1954)
- 1982 - Sobhuza II, King of Swaziland (b. 1899)
- 1983 - Benigno Aquino, Jr., Philippine opposition leader (b. 1932)
- 1995 - Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, Indian-born astrophysicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1910)
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"Here is a test to find whether your mission on earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't."
-- Richard Bach
In Illusions, 1977