Benjamin Franklin Reader

ISBN-10: 0743273982

ISBN-13: 9780743273985

Edition: 2003

Authors: Walter Isaacson
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Description: As a twelve-year-old apprentice in his brother's print shop, Benjamin Franklin taught himself to be a writer by taking notes on the works of great essayists such as Addison and Steele, jumbling them up, and then trying to recreate them in his own words. By that method, he recalled in his Autobiography, he was encouraged to think he might become a "tolerable" writer. In fact, he became the best, most popular, and most influential writer in colonial America. His direct and practical prose shaped America's democratic character, and his homespun humor gave birth to the nation's unique brand of crackerbarrel wisdom.

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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 6/2/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Walter Isaacson was born on May 20, 1952 in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received a B. A. in history and literature from Harvard College. He then attended the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Pembroke College and read philosophy, politics, and economics. He began his career in journalism at The Sunday Times of London and then the New Orleans Times-Picayune/States-Item. He joined TIME in 1978 and served as a political correspondent, national editor and editor of new media before becoming the magazine's editor in 1996. He became Chairman and CEO of CNN in 2001, and then president and CEO of the Aspen Institute in 2003. He has written numerous books including American Sketches, Einstein: His Life and Universe, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Kissinger: A Biography, Steve Jobs, and The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution. He is the co-author, with Evan Thomas, of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made.

Chronology
Key Characters
Introduction
The Young Apprentice
Silence Dogood Introduces Herself
Silence Dogood on Courtship
Silence Dogood Attacks Harvard
Silence Dogood's Recipe for Poetry
Silence Dogood Attacks the Puritan Theocracy
Silence Dogood Proposes Civic Improvements
A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity
Plan of Conduct
Advice to His Sister on Her Marriage
A New Creed and Liturgy
The Philadelphia Printer
The First Abortion Controversy
The Busy-Body
Franklin the Editor
The Lessons of Misprints
Rules for Marriage
A Scolding Wife
A Witch Trial at Mount Holly
A Printer's Creed
Sex Sells
Anthony Afterwit on Marriage
Celia Single Responds
In Praise of Gossip
The Discussion Club
How to Please in Conversation
Poor Richard and Friends
Introducing Poor Richard
Poor Richard vs. Mr. Leeds
On the Death of Infants
Poor Richard Denies He Is Franklin
Faith Versus Good Works
Poor Richard Blames His Printer
The Drinker's Dictionary
How to Write an Almanac
Poor Richard's Wife Takes Her Turn
Poor Richard Defends Astrology and Wit
A Defense of Religious Tolerance
A Ballad for Deborah
Reasons to Choose an Older Mistress
Polly Baker's Trial
The Public Citizen
A Call to Arms for the Middling People
The University of Pennsylvania
How to Be a Good Tradesman
Rattlesnakes for Felons
Magical Squares
On Welfare Dependency
The Albany Plan for an American Union
Catherine Ray
A Parable on Intolerance
The Way to Wealth
Lobbyist in London
Reasons for Restoring Canada to France
Mary Stevenson
David Hume
On Observing the Sabbath
When Oil Does Not Calm Troubled Waters
Race and Slavery
Propaganda Agent
A Paean to Deborah
The Grumpy Boarder
More on Welfare Dependency
Cold Air Baths
The Fable of the Lion and the Dog
Polly Gets Married
The Cravenstreet Gazette
A Showdown with Lord Hillsborough
The Seeds of a Total Disunion
How to Weigh a Decision
Ode to a Squirrel
The Cause of Colds
Parody Rules and an Edict Directed at Britain
American Rebel
You Are My Enemy
Proposed Articles of Confederation
The Rattlesnake as America's Symbol
Ambassador in Paris
An Appeal to France's Interests
The Sale of the Hessians
A Form Letter of Recommendation
The Twelve Commandments, to Madame Brillon
A Proposed Treaty with Madame Brillon
Bagatelle of the Ephemera
Madame Helvetius and Elysian Fields
John Paul Jones
To His Daughter on Fame, Frugality, and Grandchildren
The Morals of Chess
Bagatelle on St. Peter's Tolerance
On Wine and the Elbow
To George Washington on Reputation
John Adams
Dialogue Between the Gout and Mr. Franklin
The Science of Farts
A Fable About Misguided Loyalists
Seducing the French
To Polly on Her Mother and the Futility of War
A Critique of Excess Wealth
On Hereditary Honors and the Turkey
A Vision of America
No Longer His Enemy
Daylight Savings Time
The Prodigal William
On Wishes, Age, and Bifocals
Constitutional Sage
The Constitutional Convention
Motion for Prayers
Franklin's Closing Speech
A Miffy Family
Webster's Dictionary
On the Abolition of Slavery
The Final Parody, on Slavery
On Jesus Christ
To Thomas Jefferson
Last Will and Codicil
The Autobiography
The Autobiography
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