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by Frederick Douglass
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First published in 1845, the Narrative of the life of Frederick Douglass became Frederick Douglass's most well known work. It is as the name implies his autobiography.

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A series of biographical lectures originally published in 1850. Each chapter is a philosophical treatment of the life of an intellectual. The six representatives are Plato, Swedenborg, Shakespeare, Montaigne, Napolean and Goethe.

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by Irwin Leslie Gordon
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A short, humorous biography of famous people from 5000 BC to 1914. — S. McGaughey

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by Benjamin Franklin
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One of the most widely read autobiographies of all time, Franklin's unfinished work is much more than a retelling of a life. It is a recipe for a self-made man. Franklin's pluck and ceaseless ingenuity capture the spirit of revolutionary America.

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by Henry Ketcham
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Light and enjoyable biography of America's 16th president, Ketcham draws heavily on personal accounts to portray a more human and accesible Lincoln.

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by Helen Keller
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An autobiography of Helen Keller published when the author was still in her early 20's.

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by Henry David Thoreau
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau’s life for two years, two months, and two days around the shores of Walden Pond.

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by Randy Pausch
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Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008) gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium.

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by Karen Armstrong
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In Karen Armstrong's biography of the Prophet of Islam she describes Muhammad as a respectful man who lived a decent life.

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by Arnold Rampersad
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Arnold Rampersad discusses his new book, Ralph Ellison: A Biography. Georgia Center for the Book presents the acclaimed writer as part of the Decatur Arts Festival celebration.

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