Autobiography and Other Writings / Edition 1

Autobiography and Other Writings / Edition 1

by Benjamin Franklin, Russel B. Nye
     
 

ISBN-10: 0395051304

ISBN-13: 9780395051306

Pub. Date: 01/02/1957

Publisher: Cengage Learning

Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific, and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. Franklin's achievements range from inventing the lightning rod to publishing Poor Richard's Almanack to signing the Declaration of Independence. In his own lifetime he knew prominence not only in…  See more details below

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Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific, and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. Franklin's achievements range from inventing the lightning rod to publishing Poor Richard's Almanack to signing the Declaration of Independence. In his own lifetime he knew prominence not only in America but in Britain and France as well. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women. Nearly sixty years separate the earliest writings from the latest, an interval during which Franklin was continually balancing between the puritan values of his upbringing and the modern American world to which his career served as prologue. This edition provides a new text of the Autobiography, established with close reference to Franklin's original manuscript. It also includes a new transcription of the 1726 journal, and several pieces which have recently been identified as Franklin's own work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395051306
Publisher:
Cengage Learning
Publication date:
01/02/1957
Series:
World's Classics Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
14 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction
Select Bibliography
Chronology
 
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
 
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
 
OTHER WRITINGS
 
Silence Dogood (1, 2, 4 & 7)
Franklin’s Epitaph
Old Mistresses Apologue
The Speech of Miss Polly Baker
Rules for Making Oneself a Disagreeable Companion
Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind
The Kite Experiment
A Parable Against Persecution
The Way to Wealth
Of Lightning
An Edict by the King of Prussia
Petition of the Letter Z
The Whistle
Letter to Joseph Priestley
Information to Those Who Would Remove to America
Letter to Samuel Mather
A Petition of the Left Hand
Speech in the Convention at the Conclusion of its Deliberations
An Address to the Public; From the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage
Letter to Ezra Stiles

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