Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin is a man who needs little introduction. He wore many hats over the course of his fascinating life, from that of a printer, to an inventor, to a scientist, to a politician, a founding father and statesman, and even a postmaster-general. He was famous for all of these things in his day, but he was also famed for his keen insight into people and human nature, and his sparkling talent as a conversationalist.
Despite his accomplishments, Franklin seemed to keep a down-to-earth demeanor, favoring home-spun sayings and simple, direct, honest prose — the kind of prose that shines in this autobiography.
The autobiography itself has a long and complex publication history. Franklin composed it in fits and spurts between 1771 and 1790, and never had a chance to complete it, let alone publish it, in his lifetime. It was first published as a poor French translation of an unrevised edition of the manuscript, and then as a heavily-editorialized and inaccurate English edition by Franklin’s son, William Temple Franklin. In 1868 John Bigelow purchased the original copy of the autobiography and published the first accurate edition, which is what subsequent publications, including this one, are based on.
Though incomplete, this autobiography is a highly readable and fascinating insight into the legendary life of the man some people call the «First American»/
254 printed pages

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    puddle88has quoted2 months ago
    com­mon­place state­ments, or re­ceipts that we know by heart but never fol­low.
    Nchimunya Miyobahas quoted7 months ago
    He de­veloped only in­cid­ent­ally a style in many re­spects as re­mark­able as that of his Eng­lish con­tem­por­ar­ies. He wrote the best auto­bi­o­graphy in ex­ist­ence, one of the most widely known col­lec­tions of max­ims, and an un­sur­passed series of polit­ical and so­cial satires, be­cause he was a man of un­usual scope of power and use­ful­ness, who knew how to tell his fel­low-men the secrets of that power and that use­ful­ness.
    Soliloquios Literarioshas quoted9 months ago
    This cen­tury saw the be­gin­nings of the mod­ern novel, in Field­ing’s Tom Jones, Richard­son’s Clarissa Har­lowe, Sterne’s Tris­tram Shandy, and Gold­smith’s Vi­car of Wake­field. Gib­bon wrote The De­cline and Fall of the Ro­man Em­pire, Hume his His­tory of Eng­land, and Adam Smith the Wealth of Na­tions.

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