The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Second Edition / Edition 2

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Second Edition / Edition 2

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: Second Edition / Edition 2

A classic of eighteenth-century American history and literature, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography has had an influence perhaps unequaled by any other book by an American writer. Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, Franklin's Autobiography offers his reflections on philosophy and religion, politics, war, education, material success, and the status of women.

Prepared by the editors of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, this edition is drawn with scrupulous care from the original manuscript in Franklin's handwriting now in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. The introduction by Leonard W. Labaree places the autobiography in literary and historical contexts. In a new foreword, Edmund S. Morgan writes about Franklin's dual allegiance as an American and a subject of an English king—and his emergence as a leader of the American Revolution. This edition also includes biographical notes, a chronology of Franklin's life, and an updated bibliography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300098587
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 04/10/2003
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 364
Sales rank: 185,544
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Edmund S. Morgan is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin, published by Yale University Press.

Table of Contents

Editorial Note9
The Autobiography
Part 143
Two Letters133
Part 2141
Part 3161
Part 4261
Franklin's Outline267
Biographical Notes273
Franklin Chronology303
Selected Bibliography323

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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westtexan11 More than 1 year ago
In high school, I did a book report on Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography after reading only a fourth of it. Yes, the 1700s writing style seems difficult at first. I recently read the entire book and was glad I did. You get used to the stilted style. Franklin was an amazing and important character, and people - especially Americans - should go beyond the caricature of him as an old guy with long hair who flew a kite.
IrishSharky More than 1 year ago
This may be difficult to read. It did not absorb me. I found it difficult to understand evrything. Good luck if you choose to tackle this one.