Memoir and Autobiography after WWII

Apropos my upcoming talk at the Narrative Conference, an interesting n-gram chart of the terms “memoir” and “autobiography” after 1945. Serious bonus points for a convincing explanation of what you’ll find if you widen the date range. (Click the image for Google’s live-data version.)

Memoir and Autobiogrphy after 1945

Update: Another, possibly relevant chart. Again, click for the live version:

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