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Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Readers and historians have long lamented that Franklin failed to complete his Autobiography. While a classic in literature and among the most widely read autobiographies in the world, he stopped writing it in 1757-years before the most exciting events of his life. Now, in honour of the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth, Skousen has finished the autobiography completely in Franklin's own words.

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Overview

Readers and historians have long lamented that Franklin failed to complete his Autobiography. While a classic in literature and among the most widely read autobiographies in the world, he stopped writing it in 1757-years before the most exciting events of his life. Now, in honour of the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth, Skousen has finished the autobiography completely in Franklin's own words.

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Benjamin Franklin's autobiography (available in many scholarly and popular editions) is perhaps the most famous and widely read autobiography, but he never got around to completing it. It ended in 1757, when he was 51 years old and destined to live another 33 years. This clever tome completes the book on Franklin's behalf, using his own words. Skousen (The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin), a respected academic economist and also a descendant of Franklin, has perused all of the thousands of letters, journals, memoirs, and other writings from Franklin's later life and culled those parts that are of greatest interest: Franklin's travels, his daily life, his observations on people and places, and his scientific pursuits. He has also included a handy chronology and thumbnail identifications of the persons mentioned throughout. Virtually all of the pieces in this book have appeared or are scheduled to appear in the ongoing Yale edition of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin (37 vols. to date). A delight for general readers, this is highly recommended for public libraries.-T.J. Schaeper, St. Bonaventure Univ., NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895260338
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/15/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 614,863
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.64 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    When I picked up this book at the library, I didn't realize what

    When I picked up this book at the library, I didn't realize what I was truly in for; a journey into one of the most brilliant minds of our time. I knew almost nothing about Benjamin Franklin, other than his face was on the One Hundred Dollar Bill. This exceptional autobiography revealed all of B. Franklin's accomplishments and humanized him by making him more real. If you have the slightest interest in history, this is a MUST read.

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