The Autobiography

The Autobiography

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This classic is Franklin's last word on his greatest literary creation--his own invented persona, the original incarnation of the American success story.

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  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 12.7mm | 120g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New YorkUnited States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486290735
  • 9780486290737
  • 11,996

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Blessed with enormous talents and the energy and ambition to go with them, Franklin was a statesman, author, inventor, printer, and scientist. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and later was involved in negotiating the peace treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War. He also invented bifocals, a stove that is still manufactured, a water-harmonica, and the lightning rod. Franklin's extraordinary range of interests and accomplishments are brilliantly recorded in his "Autobiography, " considered one of the classics of the genre. Covering his life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly, this charming self-portrait recalls Franklin's boyhood, his determination to achieve high moral standards, his work as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, experiences during the French and Indian War, and more. Related in an honest, open, unaffected style, this highly readable account offers a wonderfully intimate glimpse of the Founding Father sometimes called "the wisest American."

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