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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (original 1791; edition 2004)

by Benjamin Franklin (Author)

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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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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin (1791)

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Hilarious and interesting! A classic. ( )
  askannakarenina | Sep 16, 2020 |
Benjamin Franklin is such a fascinating man. I am humbled by what he was able to accomplish in his lifetime. He involved himself in all aspects of life. While I thought I knew a lot about his accomplishments, his autobiography opened my eyes to a lot more. I picked up The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin to meet part of Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. I had to read a book from the backlist of a new favorite author. In his book, How to Win Friends & Influence People, Dale Carnegie repeatedly referenced Ben Franklin. Read more ( )
  skrabut | Sep 2, 2020 |
An informative, illuminating and fun to read account of the life of one of the founding fathers

Autobiography starts as a personal letter and is thus a very personal and interesting recounting of Franklin's early years. The latter part is far more formal being by then a work intended for publication. Both parts still retain the wit and candor of Benjamin Franklin. The book presents us a man of great industry, intellect and with a dedication to the good of his fellows. A very good read for anyone interested in reading about a great man. ( )
  Miguel.Arvelo | Jun 9, 2020 |
I recall reading this decades ago and enjoying it. So I went on a quest to find the best audio version. Fredd Wayne, a BF impersonator, nails it! All of Ben's wit and liveliness comes through.
  2wonderY | Apr 8, 2020 |
I'm paraphrasing here, but I believe the quote went something like this: Not just a great man in his time, but he would have been a great man in any age. 'nuff said. ( )
  TBatalias | Feb 22, 2020 |
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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
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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.

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