ABSTRACT

AUTOBIOGRAPHY AND BIOGRAPHY are the provenance of history, the factual, and the real; fiction is the provenance of imagination, and what happens there is only make-believe. There is some affinity between the two, however. Every fiction is about someone or something's life story, whether in whole or in part. And writers in each discipline are challenged to select and arrange the events they tell in some purposeful sequence that is revelatory of meaning and insightful of nature, human or otherwise. Because characters and events in fiction exist only in the mind, fiction writers seldom confront questions of privacy, accuracy, or access that may confound real life biographers—unless, of course, we do so through a character.