Writings

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Literary Classics of the United States, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 1605 pages
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Review: Writings (Library of America: Benjamin Franklin #1-2)

User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

The Almanack, the private correspondence and the newspaper writings are much more worthwhile than the Autobiography...which I didn't realize cuts off mid-sentence (he died before he got around to ... Read full review

Review: Writings (Library of America: Benjamin Franklin #1-2)

User Review  - Grant - Goodreads

This is one of the best and most enjoyable in the Library of America series on Great Statesmen, probably because Franklin was such an entertaining writer. This has his Poor Richard and even earlier ... Read full review

Contents

Boston and London 17221726
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Courant A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity 1
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Articles of Belief and Acts of Religion November 20 1728
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About the author (1987)

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

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