What is a good sample memoir?


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Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," Ronald Reagan's "An American Life" and Elie Wiesel's "Night" are all excellent examples of the memoir form. "Eat, Pray, Love" by Elizabeth Gilbert and "A Long Way Gone" by Ishmael Beah are good examples of the modern memoir form, which is more confessional and personal.

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Memoirs are written by authors who wish to document a collection of private or public memories that were formed by events taking place over the course of their lives that shaped them in some way. Julius Caesar's personal writings about the Gallic wars are an early example of the form, but the memoir was popularized and named by French writers such as Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon and Francois de la Rochefoucauld

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