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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

ISBN-10: 0300098588
ISBN-13: 9780300098587
Edition: 2nd 2003
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Description: Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography offers his reflections on philosophy and religion, politics, war, education, material success, and the status of women. This autobiography has had an influence  More...

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Book details

List price: $9.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/10/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 364
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography offers his reflections on philosophy and religion, politics, war, education, material success, and the status of women. This autobiography has had an influence perhaps unequalled by another work by an American writer.

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.

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Editorial Note
Introduction
The Autobiography
Two Letters
Franklin's Outline
Biographical Notes
Franklin Chronology
Selected Bibliography
Index

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