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The Autobiography and Other Writings

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin's account of his rise from poverty and obscurity to affluence and fame has charmed every generation of readers since it first appeared. Begun as a collection of anecdotes for his son, the memoir grew into a history of his remarkable achievements in the literary, scientific, and political realms.

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Publisher: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 344
ISBN-13: 9781101907603
ISBN-10: 1101907606
Language: English

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Benjamin Franklin's account of his rise from poverty and obscurity to affluence and fame has charmed every generation of readers since it first appeared. Begun as a collection of anecdotes for his son, the memoir grew into a history of his remarkable achievements in the literary, scientific, and political realms. A printer, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and statesman, Franklin was also a brilliant writer whose wit and wisdom shine on every page. His Autobiography has deservedly become the most widely read American autobiography of all time--the self-portrait of a quintessential American. Franklin was a remarkably prolific writer, and is equally beloved for his humorous, philosophical, parodic, and satirical writings, parables, and maxims, which he published under an astonishing number of pen names, including Poor Richard, the Busy-Body, and Silence Dogood. This hardcover edition of The Autobiography and Other Writings contains a varied selection of these, including "The Kite Experiment," "A Parable Against Persecution," "Observations Concerning the Increase of Mankind," "Rules for Making Oneself a Disagreeable Companion," and "The Way to Wealth."

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