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- Publisher: Dover Publications Inc.
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 13mm | 120g
- Publication date: 24 October 1996
- Publication City/Country: New York
- ISBN 10: 0486290735
- ISBN 13: 9780486290737
- Edition: New edition
- Edition statement: New edition
- Sales rank: 14,042
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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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."