Jawaharlal Nehru's Autobiography Analysis

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An autobiography is a self-written (or conjointly written with the help of a collaborator) account of the life and times of an individual and it usually follows a chronological order. Every autobiographical work tends to be a cry for the expression of identity and every autobiographical study yearns to understand the evolution of the individual. A few sociologists and psychologists have noted that autobiography offers the author a chance to reimagine history. This raises the ethical question of autobiography as a form of witnessing or testimony, an autobiography is only as good as a memory and though discrepancies are unavoidable (and difficult to refute) while considering the personal aspect, authors more or less tend to make use of accurate historical, political, economic, social and the cultural norms prevailing in their times. Writing an autobiography also tends to be highly cathartic for the author, it gives the author a chance to redefine the ‘self’ critically and arrive at a place of acceptance. The eminent poet, naturalist, and author Henry David Thoreau once said, “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live” (ed. Wikiquote). This quote rings quite true when considering the self-titled autobiography of one of the most influential men of the 20th century, Jawaharlal Nehru, the first prime minister of an independent and democratic India. Nehru’s autobiography was first published in London in 1936 by John Lane, The Bodley Head Ltd. The book
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