Autobiography and Other Writings

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Oxford University Press, 1998 - 361 páginas
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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Was fun to read what Franklin had to say not only about himself but about his beliefs and society as well; essential reading for any serious history student/buff Leer reseña completa

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This autobiography is written as a letter, once interrupted for a decade or more, to his son. As many people have pointed out during history, the author is inclined to only include the facts they want ... Leer reseña completa

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Letter to Josiah Abiah Franklin
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Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind
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The Way to Wealth
264
Homespuns Further Defense of Indian Corn
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Letter to Benjamin Vaughan
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The Whistle
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Information to Those Who Would Remove
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Letter to William Franklin
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Speech in the Constitutional Convention at
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Ormond Seavey is at The George Washington University, Washington, DC.

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