Life writing is a generic term meant to encompass a range of writings about lives or parts of lives or which provide materials out of which lives or parts of lives are composed these writings include not only memoir autobiography biography diaries autobiographical fiction and biographical fiction but letters writs wills written anecdotes depositions marginalia lyric poems . To ask other readers questions about on life writing please sign up be the first to ask a question about on life writing a wide ranging and stimulating collection of essays encompassing biography autobiography memoirs historical fiction and new forms of self presentation on the internet . Zachary leader professor of english literature university of roehampton zachary leader grew up in california but has lived in britain for over forty years he was educated at northwestern university trinity college cambridge and harvard in addition to teaching at roehampton he has taught at caltech and the university of chicago. On life writing offers a sampling of approaches to the study of life writing introducing readers to something of the range of forms the term encompasses their changing fortunes and features the notions of life self and story which help to explain these changing fortunesand features recent attempts to group forms the permeability of
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