The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Penn Reading Project Edition [NOOK Book]

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Printer and publisher, author and educator, scientist and inventor, statesman and philanthropist, Benjamin Franklin was the very embodiment of the American type of self-made man. In 1771, at the age of 65, he sat down to write his autobiography, "having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable ...

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Overview

Printer and publisher, author and educator, scientist and inventor, statesman and philanthropist, Benjamin Franklin was the very embodiment of the American type of self-made man. In 1771, at the age of 65, he sat down to write his autobiography, "having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity." The result is a classic of American literature.

On the eve of the tercentenary of Franklin's birth, the university he founded has selected the Autobiography for the Penn Reading Project. Each year, for the past fifteen years, the University of Pennsylvania has chosen a single work that the entire incoming class, and a large segment of the faculty and staff, read and discuss together. For this occasion the University of Pennsylvania Press will publish a special edition of Franklin's Autobiography, including a new preface by University president Amy Gutmann and an introduction by distinguished scholar Peter Conn. The volume will also include four short essays by noted Penn professors as well as a chronology of Franklin's life and the text of Franklin's Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, a document resulting in the establishment of an institution of higher education that ultimately became the University of Pennsylvania.

No area of human endeavor escaped Franklin's keen attentions. His ideas and values, as Amy Gutmann notes in her remarks, have shaped the modern University of Pennsylvania profoundly, "more profoundly than have the founders of any other major university of college in the United States." Franklin believed that he had been born too soon. Readers will recognize that his spirit lives on at Penn today.

Essay contributors: Richard R. Beeman, Paul Guyer, Michael Weisberg, and Michael Zuckerman.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812200119
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,214,306
  • File size: 421 KB

Meet the Author

Peter Conn is Andrea Mitchell Term Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include The Divided Mind: Ideology and Imagination in America, 1898-1917, Literature in America, and Pearl S. Buck: A Cultural Biography, which was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book, was included among the five finalists for the National Book Critics Circle award in biography, and received the Athenaeum Award. Amy Gutmann is President of the University of Pennsylvania. Her most recent books are Identity in Democracy: Why Deliberative Democracy? with Dennis Thompson, and Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race, with Anthony Appiah, which won the Ralph J. Bunche Award of the American Political Science Association, the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award, and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Power of Values, by Amy Gutmann

Introduction: Benjamin Franklin and the American Imagination, by Peter Conn

PART I. THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, edited by Nathan G. Goodman

PART II. CRITICAL ESSAYS
Benjamin Franklin and the American Enlightenment, by Richard R. Beeman
Freedom of Reason, by Paul Guyer
An Inclination Joined with an Ability to Serve, by Michael Zuckerman
The Key to Electricity, by Michael Weisberg

APPENDICES
Proposals Relating to the Education of Youth in Pennsylvania, by Benjamin Franklin
A Chronology of Franklin's Life, compiled by Mark Frazier Lloyd

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2000

    The BEST Edition Available

    I wholeheartedly recommend this version above all others. In November 1786, Franklin sent copies of his autobiography to friends in England and France. Through the centuries since, many editions have been appeared based on translations and interpretations of those copies, but this is the only one that is drawn 'with scrupulous care from the original manuscript in Franklin's handwriting.' The editors of THE PAPERS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (seven volumes) prepared this edition of the autobiography, as well as the insightful introduction, notes, and index. This is the first edition to have a full index. I found the chapter notes citing events, identifying individuals, and explaining Franklin's references to be extremely helpful and of great interest. Also, the notes are conveniently located at the bottom of each page - a very nice feature. A thorough chronology of Ben's life, brief biographies of 187 people to whom he refers, letters, notes by Franklin and the editors, and the complete index all enrich this superb edition. If you want to read Benjamin Franklin's actual sentiments, this is the version who seek. If you want an edition fleshed out and enriched by professionals who have expertise, understanding, and knowledge of Franklin's life, this is the very version you seek. It is my hope that you will enjoy this edition of the AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN as much as I did. Even if you, as I had, have read other editions you will find reading this one a new, enlightening experience. Five stars and bravo!

    21 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2002

    The all-time best business start-up book.

    In 1996, along with several friends I formed a group patterned after Franklin's junto, after learning about it in a Training Magazine article that cited Franklin's original group as an example of the best principles of modern self-directed learning. Since then, I've developed a strong interest in Franklin, and very much agree that this is the best edition of his biography, perhaps the most helpful book ever written about how to start, live, and finish a successful career as an entrepreneur and citizen. The footnotes in this edition are excellent, containing very good information about Franklin's junto, and I hope it never goes out of print. It should be on the bookshelf of every small business owner and entrepreneur.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    Interesting view on life in the colonies

    I was sorry that there wasn't more when I finished. I could easily have kept on reading.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2012

    How many pages heres the answer

    Threre are 389 pages

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Great book, but not the best copy.

    Many words difficult to understand, since unintelligible symbols were often included. Copy relatively poor. Hoping to find a better version.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Impossible to read.

    The NOOK format of this book is impossible to read. The authors notes interupt Franklin's writings mid-sentance and can go on for pages. If it wasn't free I'd demand my money back.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Unreadable due to OCR errors

    OCR errors.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Good

    This book is good but his some typos in it. One of the best book on him I have read so far out of three I have read on him.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    Come on

    It's an autobiography of course It is going to be boring in some parts. The cool thing is is that Franklin is the author of his own life story! I loved this book and I'm only 11.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2011

    Should be required reading for Americans!

    This book gives a glimpse of life before and during the revolution. The focus obviously on Ben Franklin's life, which sadly is portrayed incorrectly these days, this book shows us the strong character of an extraordinary Early American. His virtues and thirst for knowledge should be an example to the world.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Better than I thought it'd be!

    Great book, love Ben Franklin's writing style and humor. Much easier to read than I'd imagined.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    Read the sample

    Looks good so far

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2013

    Cool

    This book is awesome!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 29, 2012

    How many pages

    How many pgs

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Asom

    I wanft to read it

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Ben Franklin

    This is such a long book long words and such if you think you are smart you should try your hand at this book.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    The big guy

    Ben at his prime talking about his youthful exuberance in a most delightfully proper manner for the times

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 27, 2011

    I wish I could have read it!

    The scanning on this one was so bad I couldn't even make out what the words were in so much of the book that I couldn't make any sense of it and gave up after only a few pages.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Interesting but not what I expected.

    A bit long and hard too read. As expected the english was somewhat archaic. Had to struggle through it but did enjoy his perspective on early American history.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2011

    Boring

    I thought it was really boring it was on my summer rreading log I also did not understand anything and I read it all the way through!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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