Biography Monographs

The Biographical Research Center, University of Hawai‘i, is dedicated to the interdisciplinary and multicultural study of lifewriting through teaching, publication, and outreach activities. In addition to Biography: An Interdisciplinary Journal, published since 1978, the Center sponsors the Biography Monograph series, designed to further the study and practice of lifewriting in all its forms.


The Value of Hawai‘i 2: Ancestral Roots, Oceanic Visions, edited by Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear-Kaopua (2014)

Locating Life Stories: Beyond East-West Binaries in (Auto)Biographical Studies, edited by Maureen Perkins (September 2012)

The Value of Hawai‘i: Knowing the Past, Shaping the Future, edited by Craig Howes and Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole Osorio (2010)

On Diary, by Philippe Lejeune, translated by Kathy Durnin (2009)

Talking Hawai‘i’s Story: Oral Histories of an Island People, edited by Michi Kodama-Nishimoto, Warren S. Nishimoto, and Cynthia A. Oshiro (2009)

Imagine What It’s Like: A Literature and Medicine Anthology, edited by Ruth Nadelhaft, with Victoria Bonnebakker (2008)

The Visitable Past: A Wartime Memoir, by Leon Edel (2001, out of print)

From Kona to Yenan: The Political Memoir of Koji Ariyoshi, by Koji Ariyoshi; edited by Alice M. Beechert and Edward D. Beechert (2000, out of print)

Life-Writing: A Glossary of Terms in Biography, Autobiography, and Related Forms, by Donald J. Winslow (Second Edition, 1995, out of print)

A Man Must Stand Up: The Autobiography of a Gentle Activist, by John E. Reinecke; edited by Alice M. Beechert and Edward D. Beechert (1993, out of print)

Called from Within: Early Women Lawyers of Hawaii, edited by Mari J. Matsuda (1992, out of print)

The Autobiographical Writings of Lewis Mumford: A Study in Literary Audacity, by Frank G. Novak (1988, out of print)

Essaying Biography: A Celebration for Leon Edel, edited by Gloria G. Fromm and Leon Edel (1987, out of print)

New Directions in Biography, by Anthony Friedson (1981, out of print)