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The autobiography and other writings

Author: Benjamin Franklin; Kenneth Silverman
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2003.
Series: Penguin classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Collects Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women.

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Franklin; Kenneth Silverman
ISBN: 0142437603 9780142437605
OCLC Number: 52281190
Description: xxvi, 240 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin --
A receipt to make a New-England funeral elegy --
Advice to a friend on choosing a mistress --
The speech of Miss Polly Baker --
How to secure houses and c. from lightning --
The kite experiment --
The way to wealth --
An edict by the King of Prussia --
From The morals of chess --
The Elysian fields --
From Information to those who would remove to America --
An address to the public: from the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage --
A miscellany of Franklin's opinions.
Series Title: Penguin classics.
Responsibility: Benjamin Franklin ; edited with an introduction by Kenneth Silverman.


Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire 18th century. This title includes Franklin's  Read more...


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Big Ego, Obnoxious Writing

by andrw (WorldCat user published 2008-08-27) Fair Permalink

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin reveals himself to have had one of the larger egos of his time. He stumbles along his adventures while providing advice in his slightly arrogant tone. While clearly a classic, this text is none-the-less obnoxious, and provides little enjoyment at that.

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