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by Charles W. Eliot,Benjamin Franklin

  • ISBN: 1406864137
  • Author: Charles W. Eliot,Benjamin Franklin
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  • Rating: 4.8 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 120
  • Publisher: Echo Library (December 18, 2007)
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  • Category: Memoris
  • Subcategory: Leaders & Notable People
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8. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written.

Benjamin Franklin began writing his autobiography in 1771 for the benefit of his son William. When he died in 1790, the work was unfinished. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was first published in France in 1791, and in England in 1793

Benjamin Franklin began writing his autobiography in 1771 for the benefit of his son William. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was first published in France in 1791, and in England in 1793. It’s a relatively brief work-given Franklin’s extensive accomplishments-and written in a brisk, unassuming, and conversational tone.

Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading writer, publisher, inventor, diplomat, scientist, and philosopher

Benjamin Franklin was not only one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading writer, publisher, inventor, diplomat, scientist, and philosopher. He is well-known for his experiments with electricity and lightning, and for publishing Poor Richard’s Almanac and the Pennsylvania Gazette. Known today as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, this classic piece of Americana was originally written for Franklin’s son William, then the Governor of New Jersey. The work portrays a fascinating picture of life in Philadelphia, as well as Franklin’s shrewd observations on the literature, philosophy and religion of America’s Colonial and Revolutionary periods.

Benjamin Franklin was born in Milk Street, Boston, on January 6, 1706. The first five chapters of the Autobiography were composed in England in 1771, continued in 1784-5, and again in 1788, at which date he brought it down to 1757. His father, Josiah Franklin, was a tallow chandler who married twice, and of his seventeen children Benjamin was the youngest son. His schooling ended at ten, and at twelve he was bound apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who published the "New England Courant.

Reference is made in the Autobiography to one or two of Franklin’s inventions, but nothing is said of the debt we owe to him in respect to the harmonica or musical glasses.

American icon Benjamin Franklin is known for many things: he published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack . His Read about the fascinating life of Benjamin Franklin in this beautifully illustrated version of his autobiography.

American icon Benjamin Franklin is known for many things: he published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack, helped found the world-famous University of Pennsylvania, and was the first Postmaster General of the United States. His iconography is everywhere. American icon Benjamin Franklin is known for many things: he published the famous Poor Richard's Almanack, helped found the world-famous University of Pennsylvania, and was the first Postmaster General of the United.

With introduction and notes

With introduction and notes. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was born in Milk Street, Boston, on January 6, 1706. His schooling ended at ten, and at twelve he was bound apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who published the New England Courant.

by Benjamin Franklin. The first five chapters of the Autobiography were composed in England in 1771, continued in 1784-5, and again in 1788, at which date he brought it down to 1757

by Benjamin Franklin. After a most extraordinary series of adventures, the original form of the manuscript was finally printed by Mr. John Bigelow, and is here reproduced in recognition of its value as a picture of one of the most notable personalities of Colonial times, and of its acknowledged rank as one of the great autobiographies of the world.

Franklin's book defines itself as an autobiography in its title and we're sticking to that. Traditionally, an autobiography can be basically defined as "a connected narrative in which an individual tells his or her life story" (source). Well, the Autobiography is a (mostly) "connected narrative," and Franklin is using it to tell his "life story.

Edited with introduction and notes by Frank Woodworth Pine
Comments (7)

Thorgahuginn
It's a little presumptuous to write a "review" of a book as historically important as this, so I'll just give a few reasons why you should read it.

It's well-written and engaging, even 200+ (nearing 300+; Franklin was born in 1706) years later. It stops in 1760, well before his involvement with the Revolution, but it covers in detail his youth, apprenticeships, the formation of his philosophy and ideals, and his path from poor roots to business and social success -- the first telling of the American Dream, the idea that a poor young man could Find His Fortune in the New World through enterprise, wisdom, and work.

There is a high degree of self-hagiography here, and it would be amusing to tally up (for example) how many times Franklin praises himself vs. how many times he advises on the virtue of humility. He smooths over controversial topics like his illegitimate son, he doesn't mention his membership in the Freemasons, etc. The construction is also a bit rambling ("Then I did this thing. Next, I did another thing. Then I did a third thing"), but Franklin simply did so many interesting things -- even in this short slice of his life -- that the book is interesting despite that. There's a great deal of discussion on his scientific and inventive accomplishments, and he talks at length about his development of his own personal moral code and how he achieved business success (along with Franklin's Personal Method You Can Use for Self-Improvement -- in some ways, this is the first self-help book!)

All in all, this is very much worth reading, and gives a compelling picture of Franklin's life and times. I particularly liked the picture Franklin draws of contemporary American society -- free, open, and small, with most people in most towns all knowing each other, and business opportunities are wide open for anyone with industry and pluck. I'm not sure how similar modern-day America still is to Franklin's Philadelphia, but it's certain that Franklin -- and this book -- helped set the image that we still *want* to believe America conforms to. And for that alone, it's worth reading.

If you like this book, you might also be interested in reading Alexis de Tocqueville's _Democracy in America_, for another view of colonial-era America, or any of Mark Twain's nonfiction (_Life on the Mississippi_, _Roughing It_, etc.), for similar accounts of America's growth and development a hundred-odd years further on. Any of those should be available as a free Kindle download.
AnnyMars
I once read that Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is widely considered to be the best autobiography ever written. I have not read all the autobiographies ever written, but I can say confidently -- nay, *enthusiastically* -- that his is by FAR the best of those that I have read. In my opinion, it is one of the best books of any kind ever written.

Benjamin Franklin is known for grand accomplishments in science, engineering, government, diplomacy, and concern for fellow man. There are reasons for these accomplishments: he had great capacities for reason, consideration of others, and determination to make the most of his gifts through hard work. It is no wonder that this man could write so engaging a work as this recollection of events in his life.

I first read Benjamin Franklin's autobiography when I was a young man of about 20 years old looking for a personal cure for insomnia. Mission: failed miserably. Once I got past the differences in language (caused by over 200 years of misuse), I found myself so engrossed in this story that sleep was the last thing on my mind. It was a story written not just with a critical eye for detail for the benefit of historians; it was originally meant only for his son, so it came from the heart.

In devouring this book, I discovered not only a great measure of the depth of his understanding of the world around him -- and us -- but a feeling of familiarity with the man himself. I learned about Ben Franklin -- and not just his accomplishments. His accomplishments and his interactions with other people are documented copiously elsewhere, but here you learn something about his ways of thinking that you cannot learn from a third party. For example, who could blame such an accomplished man for being proud of all that he gave (quite literally, without royalties or other compensation) to the world? Yet our man, Ben, was not driven by pride. (It pains me not to give away this part of the story, as it was perhaps my favorite, but you should read it in his words, not mine, for full appreciation. Besides, that would qualify as a "spoiler.")

If you have even a passing interest in Ben Franklin (as I suspect you have, since you are reading this review), you owe it to yourself to read his autobiography.

A word of caution: you may find yourself wanting to learn more about this man, but find others' biographies of him to be lacking in one regard or more. I have read a few of them (some much better than others) and won't review them here, but I will say this much: ALL of them left me wondering how accurate they were, regardless of the biographers' reputations. I did get the sense from Ben Franklin's writing that he was being honest and -- let's face it -- no one in our world or his knows or knew better than he exactly what he thought or experienced.

Another word of caution: you may find yourself wanting to learn more about early American history and the very real people who shaped our nation and gave so much of themselves to mold a society where individual freedom trumped government interference in people's lives. This should be required reading in American History classes across America.

If I were to be stranded on an island with only three books, I would, without hesitation, choose this as one of the three.

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