WHAT ARE BIOGRAPHIES?
A biography, or simply bio, form of literature, is an account of person’s life written by somebody else, complete with details of the most important parts. One of the oldest forms of literary expression, it seeks to re-create in words the life of a human being as understood from the historical or personal viewpoint of the author—by drawing upon all available evidence, including that maintained in memory as well as written, oral, and pictorial material.
This includes more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death. It specifies a person’s experience of their life events. It is just like a profile or curriculum vitae, a biography may include a study 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.
These days, anyone, of any age, can be the subject of a biography: Justin Bieber, Mark Zuckerberg at the young age of 17 & 21 had one written about his life. A biography is not to be confused with an autobiography, an account of someone’s life written by the person himself. You can find biographies in printed form (did you remember books?). But also increasingly in the form of e-books, TV drama, and cinematic “bio-docs.”