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Autobiography and Other Writings

Autobiography and Other Writings - 86 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142437605

Cover of Autobiography and Other Writings 86 (ISBN 978-0142437605)
ISBN13: 978-0142437605
ISBN10: 0142437603
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 86
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Published: 1986
International: No

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Autobiography and Other Writings - 86 edition

ISBN13: 978-0142437605

Benjamin Franklin and Kenneth Ed. Silverman

ISBN13: 978-0142437605
ISBN10: 0142437603
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 86
Publisher: Penguin Classics

Published: 1986
International: No
Summary

This new edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is built around J. A. Leo Lemay and P. M. Zall's definitive text. Louis P. Masur's introduction sets the work in its historical context. Masur also discusses America after Franklin and why the Autobiography has had such a tremendous impact on nineteenth and twentieth century society and culture. He prompts students to think critically about the text by raising fundamental issues, such as the inherent distortion that occurs in autobiography. Also included in this edition are six portraits of Franklin, questions for consideration, annotations to the text, a chronology, a bibliography, and an index.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Note on the Texts
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN
Franklin's Outline of the Autobiography
ESSAYS AND LETTERS
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, &c. from Lightning
The Kite Experiment
The Way to Wealth
An Edict by the King of Prussia
The Morals of Chess (excerpt)
The Elysian Fields
Information to Those Who Would Remove to America (excerpt)
An Address to the Public; from the Pennsylvania Society, for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery
A Miscellany of Franklin's Opinions

Notes
Chronology
Suggestions for Further Reading