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Benjamin Franklin

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790) was a printer, writer, inventor, scientist, diplomat, and statesman. JILL LEPORE is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her books include Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award; New York Burning, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize; The Name of War, winner of the Bancroft Prize; The Mansion of Happiness, which was short-listed for the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction; and The Secret History of Wonder Woman. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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The Autobiography and Other Writings
Written by Benjamin Franklin, Afterword by Carla Mulford, Edited by L. Jesse Lemisch, Introduction by Walter Isaacson
Signet | Paperback | August 2014
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-46988-5 (0-451-46988-7)

A comprehensive and insightful compilation of Benjamin Franklin’s The Autobiography and other essays which offers an in-depth look into the life of America’s most fascinating Founding Father.

Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance man: writer, publisher, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and politician. During his long life, he offered advice on attaining wealth, organized... Read more






The Autobiography and Other Writings
Written by Benjamin Franklin, Introduction by Kenneth A. Silverman
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | April 2003
$11.00/13.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-243760-5 (0-14-243760-3)

Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women. Nearly sixty years... Read more






The Autobiography and Other Writings
Written by Benjamin Franklin
Bantam Classics | Paperback | April 1982
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21075-0 (0-553-21075-0)

This authoritative Bantam Classic edition presents readers with a wide-ranging selection of Benjamin Franklin’s most important writings, illuminating the complex and appealing character of this quintessential American who rose to fame as a publisher, inventor, educator, bon vivant, and statesman.

Here are selections from Franklin’s newspaper articles, from the sage wisdom of... Read more






The Autobiography and Other Writings
Written by Benjamin Franklin, Introduction by Jill Lepore
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2015
$26.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-1-101-90760-3 (1-101-90760-6)

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... Read more






Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack
Written by Benjamin Franklin, Introduction by Dave Barry
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2000
$15.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-64038-7 (0-679-64038-X)

Franklin’s Autobiography is one of the most famous works in American literature. He started it as a private collection of anecdotes for his son, but soon it was transformed into a work of history, both personal and national, revealing Franklin as the man who, as Herman Melville said, possessed “deep worldly... Read more






The Portable Benjamin Franklin
Written by Benjamin Franklin, Introduction by Larzer Ziff
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | January 2006
$20.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-303954-9 (0-14-303954-7)

It takes a very inclusive anthology to encompass the protean personality and range of interests of Benjamin Franklin, but The Portable Benjamin Franklin succeeds as no collection has. In addition to the complete Autobiography, the volume contains about 100 of Franklin’s major writings—essays, journalism, letters, political tracts, scientific observations, proposals for... Read more





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