Chagall's My Life established itself as a modern classic when it first appeared in English translation in 1965. A lyrical and evocative account of the artist's early life, the book is also a helpful reference on the development of Chagall's creative genius. His literary style is playful and witty, with arabesques of fantasy reminiscent of his visual imagery. My Life has been cited as both a delightful and maddening memoir. Chagall chose fifty of his illustrations to enliven his autobiography.