The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Other Writings

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin and Other Writings

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Overview

Explore the memoirs of one of the most inventive Americans in history.

A fascinating and unconventionally educated man, Benjamin Franklin imparts—in his own words—wisdom and remarkable life lessons on the art of living with great personal integrity. Taken from John Bigelow’s carefully researched 1868 publication that was transcribed directly from the original manuscript, this copy is sure to be a treasured part of any home library. Franklin’s autobiography and significant papers are still in great demand globally, and describe the interesting, varied, and unusual life of one of the most amazing Founding Fathers of the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684122899
Publisher: Canterbury Classics
Publication date: 04/10/2018
Series: Word Cloud Classics Series
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 596,505
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Franklin is one of the most celebrated Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Boston in 1706, he later moved to Philadelphia, where he rose to prominence as a printer, writer, inventor, scientist, entrepreneur, and statesman. He is best known for helping to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States; his other accomplishments include negotiating the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which ended the Revolutionary War; publishing Poor Richard’s Almanack; and creating the first American lending library. He died in 1790, though his wit and wisdom—along with many of his inventions, such as bifocals and the Franklin stove—survive to this day.

Elmer Boyd Smith (1860–1943) was a Canadian and American illustrator.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Note on the Texts xxi
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Franklin's Outline of the Autobiography
193(8)
Essays and Letters
A Receipt to make a New-England Funeral Elegy
201(6)
Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress
207(2)
The Speech of Miss Polly Baker
209(4)
How to secure Houses, &c. from Lightning
213(1)
The Kite Experiment
214(1)
The Way to Wealth
215(11)
An Edict by the King of Prussia
226(6)
The Morals of Chess (excerpt)
232(2)
The Elysian Fields
234(3)
Information to Those who Would Remove to America (excerpt)
237(6)
An Address to the Public; From the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
243(3)
A Miscellany of Franklin's Opinions
246(15)
Notes 261(6)
Chronology 267(2)
Suggestions for Further Reading 269

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Franklin was a great inventor, and here he uses the lightning - rod of his imagination to present before us the self-made moralist and man of all parts Benjamin Franklin.So many great American books to come ,one thinks of Henry Adams autobiography and the Great Gatsby have at least some part of their origin in this work. Franklin tells us what he wants us to know about himself , and the way he hopes his son will live the moral and good life. The suspicion is that Franklin knew much much more than he tells us here , especially in the worlds of political ,diplomantic and romantic life where he reportedly excelled. This work is a must read for anyone who wishes to understand the American mind .