Portable Benjamin Franklin

ISBN-10: 0143039547
ISBN-13: 9780143039549
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/3/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880

A generous selection of writings that brings to life the attractive, complex, and guileful genius of the most celebrated American of his age It takes a veryinclusive anthology to encompass the protean personality and range of interests of Benjamin Franklin, but The Portable Benjamin Franklinsucceeds as no collection has. In addition to the complete Autobiography, the volume contains about 100 of Franklins major writings essays, journalism, letters, political tracts, scientific observations, proposals for the improvement of civic and personal life, literary bagatelles, and private musings. The selections are reprinted in their entirety and organized chronologically within six sections that represent the full range of Franklins temperament. The result is a zestful read for Franklin scholars and anyone wanting to know and enjoy this American icon.

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

Larzer Ziff is the author of a number of books on American literary culture, including Mark Twain; Return Passages: Great American Travel Writing, 1780–1910; and The American 1890s: Life and Times of a Lost Generation, which won the Christian Gauss Award. He has also edited modern editions of major American authors, including Franklin, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, Crane, and Dreiser. He was the first person to have been appointed to the English faculty of Oxford University for the purpose of teaching American literature. Presently Ziff is Caroline Donovan Professor Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University.

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