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The Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin - Author
Kenneth A. Silverman - Editor/introduction
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Book: Paperback | 129 x 198mm | 272 pages | ISBN 9780142437605 | 29 Jan 2004 | Penguin Classics
The Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women. Nearly sixty years separate the earliest writings from the latest, an interval during which Franklin was continually balancing between the puritan values of his upbringing and the modern American world to which his career served as prologue. This edition provides a new text of the Autobiography, established with close reference to Franklin's original manuscript. It also includes a new transcription of the 1726 journal and several pieces which have recently been identified as Franklin's own work.



Suggestions for Further Reading

Note on the Text

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Franklin's Outline of the Autobiography

Essays and Letters

A Receipt to make a New-England Funeral Elegy

Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress

The Speech of Miss Polly Baker

How to secure Houses, &c. from Lightning

The Kite Experiment

The Way to Wealth

An Edict by the King of Prussia

From The Morals of Chess

The Elysian Fields

FromInformation to Those who Would Remove to America

An Address to the Public; From the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage

A Miscellany of Franklin's Opinions


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