A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.
Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography.
An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter.
(1722–1803) was an American
statesman, politician, writer, and political philosopher
, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
. Adams was instrumental in garnering the support of the colonies in rebellion against Great Britain
, ultimately resulting in the American Revolution
. He was also one of the key architects of the principles of American republicanism
that shaped American political culture
. Adams organized protests against the British, including the Boston Tea Party
in 1773, and participated in the Continental Congress
. He also advocated for the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
at the Second Continental Congress
. Following the American Revolution, Adams helped draft the Articles of Confederation
. After the war ended, he ran for the House of Representatives
in the 1st United States Congressional
election, but was unsuccessful in his bid. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
in 1789 and after John Hancock
's death in 1793, Adams served as the acting governor, until he was elected governor in January of the following year. He served in that position until June 1797 when he decided to retire from politics. (Read more...)
Walter "Walt" Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist and journalist. A humanist, he was a part of the transition between transcendentalism and realism, incorporating both views in his works. Whitman is among the most influential poets in the American canon, often called the father of free verse.
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On this day – July 15
- 1606 - Rembrandt (pictured), Dutch artist (d. 1669)
- 1848 - Vilfredo Pareto, Italian economist and sociologist (d. 1923)
- 1930 - Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (d. 2004)
- 1931 - Clive Cussler, American author
- 1946 - Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei
- 1949 - Trevor Horn, British music producer, bassist and vocalist (Buggles, Art of Noise, Yes)
- 1950 - Arianna Huffington, Greek-born newspaper columnist
- 1951 - Jesse Ventura, professional wrestler and former Governor of Minnesota
- 1956 - Ian Curtis, British musician, singer, and lyricist (Joy Division) (d. 1980)
- 1956 - Joe Satriani, American guitarist
- 1978 - Ray Toro, American musician (My Chemical Romance)
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Quote of the week
"The world is fast learning that of all forms of slavery there is none that is so harmful and degrading as that form of slavery which tempts one human being to hate another by reason of his race or color. One man cannot hold another man down in the ditch without remaining down in the ditch with him."
— Booker T. Washington
In An Address on Abraham Lincoln before the Republican Club of New York City, February 12, 1909