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Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific, and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire 18th century. Franklin's achievements range from inventing the lightning rod to publishing "Poor Richard's Almanack" to signing the Declaration of Independence. In his own lifetime he knew prominence not only in America but in Britain and France as well. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war and the status of women. Nearly six years separate the earliest writings from the latest, an interval during which Franklin was continually balancing between the puritan values of his upbringing and the modern American world to which his career served as a prologue. This edition provides a new text of the "Autobiography", established with close reference to Franklin's original manuscript. It also includes a new transcription of the 1726 journal, and several pieces which have recently been identified as Franklin's own work.
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  • Paperback | 390 pages
  • 116.84 x 190.5 x 22.86mm | 231.33g
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • line drawings, bibliography
  • 0192827332
  • 9780192827333

Table of contents

Autobiography; silence dogood, 4; to "Your Honour" - defense of James Franklin to Samuel Sewall; 1726 journal; busy body, 3; epitaph; on simplicity; the death of infants; letter to Josiah & Abiah Franklin; apology for the young man in goal; old mistresses apologue; the speech of Miss Polly Baker; observations concerning the increase of mankind; the kite experiment; the way to wealth; poor Richard's maxims; "Homespun's" further defense of Indian corn; an edict by the King of Prussia; letter to William Strahan; letter to Benjamin Vaughan; the whistle; letter to George Washington; letter to Joseph Priestley; remarks concerning the savages of North-America; information to those who would remove to America; letter to Samuel Mather; letter to William Franklin; the art of procuring pleasant dreams; the internal state of America; speech in the Constitutional Convention; letter to Ezra Stiles.
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