My Favourite Biographies and Autobiographies.

A Listmania! list by Mr. A. Jehangir
The list author says: "This is a list of biographies and autobiographies that I've read which have left an indelible imprint on my mind or my heart, or both. I would also add to this the magnificent Urdu book, Zindarud, which is the definitive account of the life of Sir Dr. Muhammad Iqbal and also Josh Malihabadi's Yaadon Ki Baraat, a unique biography in the history of Urdu literature."
Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
1.  Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources by Martin Lings
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  "The best biography of the beloved Prophet in the English language without doubt. A masterpiece of spiritual writing."
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Passion of Al-Hallaq: Mystic and Martyr of Islam (Bollingen Series)
2.  Passion of Al-Hallaq: Mystic and Martyr of Islam (Bollingen Series) by Louis Massignon
The list author says:
  "A painstaking work of monumental scholarship about the most controversial Sufi in Islamic history. I love Hallaj and this book has a lot to do with it!"
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Quest for the Red Sulphur: The Life of Ibn 'Arabi (Golden Palm Series)
3.  Quest for the Red Sulphur: The Life of Ibn 'Arabi (Golden Palm Series) by Claude Addas
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  "The best biography available in English about one of the greatest Saints in Islam."
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The Life and Work of Jalaluddin Rumi
4.  The Life and Work of Jalaluddin Rumi by Afzal Iqbal
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  "Out of all the myriad books about Rumi, this one remains the best and the most authentic. Scholarly yet accessible and, importantly, not adulterated to please New Age philosophies."
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Autobiography of a Moroccan Soufi: Ahmad Ibn 'Ajiba [1747 - 1809]
5.  Autobiography of a Moroccan Soufi: Ahmad Ibn 'Ajiba [1747 - 1809] by Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Ibn ʻAjībah
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  "The most inspiring autobiography of an acknowledged Sufi master, this rare book is a classic and a deeply moving."
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Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism: His Deliverance from Error (al-Munqidh min al-Dalal)
6.  Al-Ghazali's Path to Sufism: His Deliverance from Error (al-Munqidh min al-Dalal) by Ghazzali
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  "The most influental spiritual autobiography in Sufism, and a monumental work of Islamic civilisation, the cultural and historical importance of this slender volume is difficult to overestimate. A true classic."
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The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master
7.  The Unveiling of Secrets: Diary of a Sufi Master by Carl W. Ernst
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  "A spiritual autobiography unlike any other,it is marvellous for the remarkably candid way in which the Sufi shaykh describes his spiritual visions and ecstasies. Awe-inspiring."
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A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi (Golden Palm Series)
8.  A Sufi Saint of the Twentieth Century: Shaikh Ahmad al-Alawi (Golden Palm Series) by Martin Lings
The list author says:
  "Martin Lings' other classical work this has become one of the standard texts for any student of Sufism and for anyone interested in spirituality. A detailed look at the life of one of the modern saints."
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Teresa of Avila: An Extraordinary Life
9.  Teresa of Avila: An Extraordinary Life by Shirley du Boulay
The list author says:
  "A vivid and beautifully written introductory biography of this unique Christian woman mystic it contains some of the most moving passages I've read."
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The Autobiography of St. Teresa Of Avila
10.  The Autobiography of St. Teresa Of Avila by E. Allison Peers
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  "The classic spiritual biography of Christendom in my opinion. A wonderfully awe-inspiring read, it is very instructive to compare it alongside the spiritual biographies of Ghazali and Ruzbihan, listed above."
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Necklaces of Gems [Qala'id al-Jawahir]
11.  Necklaces of Gems [Qala'id al-Jawahir] by Shaikh Muhammad ibn Yahya at-Tadifi
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  "The classic biography of the greatest sufi Saint in Islam, this wonderful book is inspirational."
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The Oxford India Ghalib: Life, Letters and Ghazals (Hardcover) (Oxford India Collection)
12.  The Oxford India Ghalib: Life, Letters and Ghazals (Hardcover) (Oxford India Collection) by Mirza Asadullah Khan Ghalib
The list author says:
  "The definitive introduction, for non-Urdu readers, to the life and work of Urdu's greatest poet."
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Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius
13.  Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Duty of Genius by Ray Monk
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  "The best book you could possibly buy about the life of one of the most enigmatic and important figures of the twentieth century. Essential for anybody interested in philosophy."
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The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Penguin Modern Classics)
14.  The Autobiography of Malcolm X (Penguin Modern Classics) by Malcolm X
The list author says:
  "One of the best biographies I've ever read, this book is simply magnificent. Essential reading."
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Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman
15.  Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick
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  "Feynman was a genius and this biography is the one to buy if you wish to marvel at this remarkable physicist and explanair of science. It should be required reading for all high school students."
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A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash
16.  A Beautiful Mind: The Life of Mathematical Genius and Nobel Laureate John Nash by Sylvia Nasar
The list author says:
  "Probably the most readable and fascinating biography about a mathematician there has ever been and certainly that I've read. Deservedly won the Pulitzer."
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Henry and June: (From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin) (Penguin Modern Classics)
17.  Henry and June: (From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin) (Penguin Modern Classics) by Anaïs Nin
The list author says:
  "For sheer beauty of language, candour, and depth of expression this revealing section of Anais Nin's life is a must-read and very erotic to boot. Out of all the parts of her "Dairies" this one is the most poignant."
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Margot Fonteyn: A Life
18.  Margot Fonteyn: A Life by Meredith Daneman
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  "The seductive and revealing biography of England's greatest ballerina."
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Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan: His Life and Times
19.  Zulfi Bhutto of Pakistan: His Life and Times by Stanley A. Wolpert
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  "The brilliant, and flawed, life of Pakistan's greatest politician, expertly told."
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Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny
20.  Nehru: A Tryst with Destiny by Stanley A. Wolpert
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  "Wolpert's masterful biography of Nehru is very well written and informative."
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The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857
21.  The Last Mughal: The Fall of a Dynasty: Delhi, 1857 by William Dalrymple
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  "The definite account of the tragic life of the last Mughal emperor and the 1857 War which led to his downful."
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The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China
22.  The Last Manchu: The Autobiography of Henry Pu Yi, Last Emperor of China by Paul Simon
The list author says:
  "One of the more remarkable autobiographies I've read it is an astonishing tale. A perfect hoeur d'ouvres for the movie by Bertollucci."
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Buddha
23.  Buddha by Karen Armstrong
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  "Karen Armstrong's extremely readable and accessible account of the founder of one of the world's great Eastern religions."
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Speak, Memory (Everyman's Library)
24.  Speak, Memory (Everyman's Library) by Vladimir Nabokov
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  "The English language's greatest prose stylist turns his magical pen to his own life. The result: an impossibly beautifully written autobiography, it is a work of art!"
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Friedrich Nietzsche
25.  Friedrich Nietzsche by Curtis Cate
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  "A detailed life of my favourite European philosopher and the greatest of modern times."
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Anthony Blunt: His Lives
26.  Anthony Blunt: His Lives by Miranda Carter
The list author says:
  "A fascinating biography about the most interesting member of the Cambridge Five spy ring and a distant cousin of HRH the Queen! A great book to have read prior to reading John Banville's roman-a-clef, The Untouchable."
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Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
27.  Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times by Thomas Hauser
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  "The greatest biography of the Greatest: the most remarkable sportsman of them all."
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Confessions of a Mask
28.  Confessions of a Mask by Yukio Mishima
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  "Mishima bares his soul in this thinly disguised autobiographical work about his formative years."
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The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima
29.  The Life and Death of Yukio Mishima by Henry Scott-Stokes
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  "A biography of Japan's foremost writer in my opinion of the past 100 years and the most disturbed!"
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Imran Khan
30.  Imran Khan by Ivo Tennant
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  "Pakistan's greatest cricketer in a revealing, fair, biography."
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Geisha, A Life
31.  Geisha, A Life by Mineko Iwasaki
The list author says:
  "The true story of the real woman who inspired the novel, Memoirs of a Geisha."
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The Nature of Alexander
32.  The Nature of Alexander by Mary Renault
The list author says:
  "My favourite of all the lives of Alexander the Great of Macedon."
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Zikr-I Mir: The Autobiography of the Eighteenth Century Mughal Poet: Mir Muhammad Taqi Mir
33.  Zikr-I Mir: The Autobiography of the Eighteenth Century Mughal Poet: Mir Muhammad Taqi Mir by Mīr Taqī Mīr
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  "Urdu's greatest ghazal poet tells us about his life in Delhi."
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The Nocturnal Court: The Life of a Prince of Hyderabad
34.  The Nocturnal Court: The Life of a Prince of Hyderabad by Ṣidq Jāʾisī
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  "A slight, but fascinating, account of debauched life in the late court of the Nizam of Hyderabad."
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J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography
35.  J.R.R. Tolkien: A Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
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  "The creator of Middle Earth! A must-read for all Lord of the Rings' fans."
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Sufi Heirs of the Prophet: The Indian Naqshbandiyya and the Rise of the Mediating Sufi Shaykh (Studies in Comparative Religion)
36.  Sufi Heirs of the Prophet: The Indian Naqshbandiyya and the Rise of the Mediating Sufi Shaykh (Studies in Comparative Religion) by Arthur F. Buehler
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  "An academic biography of one of the greatest Sufi saints of the Subcontinent in modern times."
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Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi: In the Path of the Prophet (Makers of the Muslim World)
37.  Ahmad Riza Khan Barelwi: In the Path of the Prophet (Makers of the Muslim World) by Usha Sanyal
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  "The only reliable work yet in the English language on the life and work of this most important of traditional Muslim scholars and Sufi saints of modern India."
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Goddess : The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe
38.  Goddess : The Secret Lives of Marilyn Monroe by Anthony Summers
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  "A detailed and controversial biograghy of this icon of modern America."
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An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963
39.  An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963 by Robert Dallek
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  "Revealing biography of the most popular president of modern times."
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