NEW YORK (AP) _ Bob Dylan is writing a multi-volume autobiography, titled ``Chronicles,'' the first installment of which is due out next year.

Simon & Schuster spokesman Adam Rothberg declined to give details of the deal on Wednesday, or say how many volumes Dylan will write.

``This is the big one,'' Rothberg said. ``It's covering his life and career. You'll have to read the rest of it to find out.''

The 60-year-old singer-songwriter previously released a book of his lyrics, as well as ``Tarantula,'' a collection of short pieces and poems he wrote while he was touring in the mid-1960s.