The genre of ‘autobiography’ is an important genre in historical writing. I am not talking about ‘hagiography’ in which the object of the book is praised and praised and shown to be the most wonderful person in the world. A person without blemish or spot. Too many books can be classified as such.
To me a biography is a serious job, that involves research, spending hours in archives, doing interviews, balancing opinions without fear or favour.
In this article, from Zimbabwe, you will find some more about the art of the biography.