June 1st, 2010

Medieval reader

Poll Time! Most Important Autobiographies?


The students at the IHS seminar are wonderful, and I had great fun with my lecture.


Now I have a few quick links to share:

* Man from U.N.C.L.E. fans, unite! Napoleon and Illya have made it to the final round of Mister 8's spy face-off poll. No registration is needed: lend your vote to The Man From U.N.C.L.E. here!

* The May 28th episode of the Point of Inquiry podcast is devoted to an interview of H.P. Lovecraft scholar S.T. Joshi.

* Here's another "must read" essay on Lost: "Genre and Lost" by Michael A. Burstein.

* Geeky Clean has some new geeky products, including soaps inspired by Lost and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.


And now to my question for you...

One of my colleagues recently asked me which books I would consider to be the ten most important autobiographies of all time (drawn from all ages, all cultures). He's taking a poll. A few came to mind instantly: Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery, Leonard Peltier's Prison Writings: My Life is My Sun Dance, and Augustine's Confessions, for example. But "of all time" is a daunting concept, and I know there are many important titles that I'll think of, if at all, only after I've given him my list. So, knowing that my friends are very wise, I thought I'd ask you for your picks.

Poll #1572957 Most Important Autobiographies of All Time

What do you consider to be one/some of the most important autobiography/autobiographies of all time?



Thanks so much for your thoughts!


"...I would permit no man, no matter what his colour might be, to narrow and degrade my soul by making me hate him."
— Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery