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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1791)

by Benjamin Franklin

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself called his Memoirs, is the unfinished record of his life written between 1771 and 1790. It has become one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies in history, and has been praised both as a historical document and a piece of literature in its own right. William Dean Howells declared that "Franklin's is one of the greatest autobiographies in literature, and towers over other autobiographies as Franklin towered over other men."

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Franklin starts his autobiography by describing that his family originally emigrated from Northamptonshire in England where they had worked the land since the 1200's. In the colonies, Franklin's father was a candler and as was traditional, the son was expected to follow the father's trade. However, Franklin was obviously a very intelligent young man and his father supported his education.

Getting into the printing trade allowed him to publish pamphlets that suggested improvements in society. He also published a newspaper which was one of the first in the Colonies.

Franklin seems to have been involved in many of the big moments in early America including Braddocks defeat by the French and natives.

Despite written in the 18th Century, it is very readable and frequently illustrates Franklin's wit. ( )
  lamour | Mar 23, 2024 |
I like the beginning. It's nice to know more information about Benjamin Franklin. ( )
  hayprincessa | Feb 20, 2024 |
Rrëfimi i Franklin-it për jetën e tij është i ndarë në katër pjesë që reflektojnë periudhat e ndryshme gjatë të cilave ai i shkroi. Benjamin Franklin ishte një burrë i vërtetë i Rilindjes: shkrimtar, botues, shkencëtar, shpikës, diplomat dhe politikan. Gjatë jetës së tij të gjatë ai dha këshilla për pasurimin, organizoi institucionet publike, kontribuoi në lindjen e një kombi dhe negocioi me fuqitë botërore për të siguruar mbijetesën e vendit të tij.
  BibliotekaFeniks | Dec 7, 2023 |
The first great improve-yourself advice book in America, the model for all the others. ( )
  mykl-s | Aug 4, 2023 |
$25 fair condition. autobiography.
  susangeib | Jun 29, 2023 |
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Benjamin Franklinprimary authorall editionscalculated
Appelbaum, StanleyEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bennett, James O'Donnellsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bigelow, JohnEditorsecondary 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
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My writing.
Dear Son, —I have ever had pleasure in obtaining any little anecdotes of my ancestors.
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A stitch in time saves nine
[My father] convinced me that nothing was useful which was not honest.
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Biography & Autobiography. Nonfiction. HTML:

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself called his Memoirs, is the unfinished record of his life written between 1771 and 1790. It has become one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies in history, and has been praised both as a historical document and a piece of literature in its own right. William Dean Howells declared that "Franklin's is one of the greatest autobiographies in literature, and towers over other autobiographies as Franklin towered over other men."

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