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Memoir as Literature of Working Life

I think we expect biography, autobiography or memoir to provide a fair amount of detail about a subject’s working life. After all, it is most often celebrity or fame acquired through work success that makes a subject’s life sufficiently notable to justify biographical treatment. This is often not the case, there is little or no insight into working practice. However there has been a recent spate of memoirs that do focus on the writers’ work and five of these are the subject of a piece in the Essay section of the site (Memoir as Literature of Working Life). While they all provide insight into working life, not all of them cover all the aspects that would fully illuminate it.

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