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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791)

by Benjamin Franklin

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Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the "Autobiography" one of the great classics of the genre.
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    Teresa_Pelka: Paths by Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine parted, in their living experience. The names continue together in history, for the role both men had in American independence.
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Perfect example of "Rags to Riches" story.Though, he was by no means poor and did not become wealthy, by conventional meaning of the term , he certainly made a permanent mark in history by nothing but his industry and wisdom.His writing skills and inconceivable negotiation skills is unparalleled ,and was reason for his success by his own admission .I will recommend anyone who wishes to change one's life for better and it will surely contribute for his/her success in life ,if followed judiciously. ( )
  RupaliP29 | Feb 11, 2022 |
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  semoffat | Jan 29, 2022 |
Like that at the end the listed Chief events in Franklin's life at the end so they can be referenced and that they would be a good tool for students to use when using for school projects. They go from important to obscure such as he became a vegetarian in 1721 and gave it up in 1723. More importantly he founded the Philadelphia Library in 1731....Go Ben! ( )
  Scaulkins | Jan 27, 2022 |
Volume I read included Poor Richard's Almanac as well as a small selection off letters. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
One extra star for the man Benjamin Franklin was... This autobiography is not complete, and, disappointingly, it does not tell the story of his scientific pursuits. But, it gives a clear picture of a totally self-made giant of a man, his thoughts, his philosophy and his failings. Being not initiated in the history of America and the concept of colonies, I was a bit bored reading the political part of this book. There are a lot of things to learn from this work by a true legend. ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
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Benjamin Franklinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Appelbaum, StanleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, James O'Donnellsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Colby, Homer W.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dole, Nathan H.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Labaree, Leonard W.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leary, LewisIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemisch, L. JesseEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marshall, QarieNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pine, Frank WoodworthEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sharp, WilliamIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thurber, SamuelEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Doren, CarlIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wayne, FreddNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wecter, DixonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ziff, LarzerEditor.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Dear Son, —I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors.
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[My father] convinced me that nothing was useful which was not honest.
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Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the "Autobiography" one of the great classics of the genre.

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Yale University Press

2 editions of this book were published by Yale University Press.

Editions: 0300098588, 0300001479

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Tantor Media

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Editions: 1400101689, 1400108985

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