The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781987503869


Page: 92

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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 It has become one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies in history, and has been praised both as a historical document and a piece of literature in its own right.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."

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Publisher: Independently Published

ISBN: 9781730878794


Page: 144

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INTRODUCTIONWe Americans devour eagerly any piece of writing that purports to tellus the secret of success in life; yet how often we are disappointed tofind nothing but commonplace statements, or receipts that we know byheart but never follow. Most of the life stories of our famous andsuccessful men fail to inspire because they lack the human elementthat makes the record real and brings the story within our grasp.While we are searching far and near for some Aladdin's Lamp to givecoveted fortune, there is ready at our hand if we will only reach outand take it, like the charm in Milton's _Comus_, "Unknown, and like esteemed, and the dull swain Treads on it daily with his clouted shoon;"the interesting, human, and vividly told story of one of the wisestand most useful lives in our own history, and perhaps in any history.In Franklin's _Autobiography_ is offered not so much a ready-madeformula for success, as the companionship of a real flesh and bloodman of extraordinary mind and quality, whose daily walk andconversation will help us to meet our own difficulties, much as doesthe example of a wise and strong friend. While we are fascinated bythe story, we absorb the human experience through which a strong andhelpful character is building.The thing that makes Franklin's _Autobiography_ different from everyother life story of a great and successful man is just this humanaspect of the account. Franklin told the story of his life, as hehimself says, for the benefit of his posterity. He wanted to help themby the relation of his own rise from obscurity and poverty to eminenceand wealth. He is not unmindful of the importance of his publicservices and their recognition, yet his accounts of these achievementsare given only as a part of the story, and the vanity displayed isincidental and in keeping with the honesty of the recital. There isnothing of the impossible in the method and practice of Franklin as hesets them forth. The youth who reads the fascinating story isastonished to find that Franklin in his early years struggled with thesame everyday passions and difficulties that he himself experiences, and he loses the sense of discouragement that comes from arealization of his own shortcomings and inability to attain.There are other reasons why the _Autobiography_ should be an intimatefriend of American young people. Here they may establish a closerelationship with one of the foremost Americans as well as one of thewisest men of his age.The life of Benjamin Franklin is of importance to every Americanprimarily because of the part he played in securing the independenceof the United States and in establishing it as a nation. Franklinshares with Washington the honors of the Revolution, and of the eventsleading to the birth of the new nation. While Washington was theanimating spirit of the struggle in the colonies, Franklin was itsablest champion abroad. To Franklin's cogent reasoning and keensatire, we owe the clear and forcible presentation of the Americancase in England and France; while to his personality and diplomacy aswell as to his facile pen, we are indebted for the foreign allianceand the funds without which Washington's work must have failed. Hispatience, fortitude, and practical wisdom, coupled withself-sacrificing devotion to the cause of his country, are hardly lessnoticeable than similar qualities displayed by Washington. In fact, Franklin as a public man was much like Washington, especially in theentire disinterestedness of his public service.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Publisher: Applewood Books

ISBN: 1557090793

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 263

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a torturous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416598340

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

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Written initially to guide his son, Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life, now a classic of world literature that is sure to inspire and delight readers everywhere. Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World.

Benjamin Franklin

Author: Christopher J. Murrey

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781590333846

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

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Benjamin Franklin is generally considered one of America's most versatile and talented statesmen, scientists, and philosophers. His achievements include publisher of Poor Richard's Almanac and many articles on political, economic, religious, philosophical and scientific subjects. He was the inventor of bifocals, the Franklin stove, lightening rod, he was one of the signers of the 'Declaration of Independence', and the founder of, what is now the University of Pennsylvania. This book presents a detailed and riveting review of Franklin's life based on excerpts from the renowned 1899 book on Franklin by Sydney George Fisher. This overview is augmented by a substantial selective bibliography, which features access through title, subject and author indexes.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Author: John Bigelow

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3752510757

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Reprint of the original, first published in 1868.

The Autobiography and Other Writings

Author: Benjamin Franklin

Publisher: Bantam Classics

ISBN: 0553904981

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

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This authoritative Bantam Classic edition presents readers with a wide-ranging selection of Benjamin Franklin’s most important writings, illuminating the complex and appealing character of this quintessential American who rose to fame as a publisher, inventor, educator, bon vivant, and statesman. Here are selections from Franklin’s newspaper articles, from the sage wisdom of Poor Richard’s Almanac, from his entertaining letters, from his scientific essays, from his political and revolutionary writings, plus a generous sampling of his famous aphorisms, poems, and humor. And, most important, here is a newly edited text of one of the most vital and important works of American literature, the Autobiography. As fascinating and as relevant as ever, this timeless collection of writings reveals an extraordinary man whose mind was always curious, always questioning, and who forever remained dedicated to the principles of truth and liberty.