Benjamin Franklin The Autobiography and Other Writings

ISBN-10: 0451528107
ISBN-13: 9780451528100
Edition: 2001
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Description: 300th Anniversary edition A Founding Father of the U.S., Franklin was a true Renaissance man: writer, publisher, scientist, inventor, and diplomat. During his life, he offered advice on attaining wealth, organized public institutions, and  More...

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List price: $4.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 1
Size: 4.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

300th Anniversary edition A Founding Father of the U.S., Franklin was a true Renaissance man: writer, publisher, scientist, inventor, and diplomat. During his life, he offered advice on attaining wealth, organized public institutions, and negotiated with foreign powers to ensure his country's survival. Collected here are some of his greatest and most timeless writings.

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.

Carla Mulford is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.

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