One of the shortest but also one of the most celebrated autobiographies ever written, 'My Own Life', was composed shortly before David Hume's death in 1776.
In this book, edited by RSE Curator Dr Iain Gordon Brown, 'My Own Life' is, for the first time, fully edited from the manuscript and extensively annotated. A complete facsimile of the memoir is included, and two new transcripts are provided: one for the general reader, one for the scholar interested in the evolution of the text. A long introduction summarises and evaluates much historical and recent thinking on the significance of Hume's remarkable autobiography. Purchase David Hume - 'My Own Life'