The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
"The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man."
-- From the Introduction
Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as...more
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Franklin first of all affirms that he would live his life over again unchanged, were he given the opportunity. Compare this with Nietzsche’s assertion that such would be repugnant to most men. Thus one can see that Franklin was essentially a content and optimistic man. This book is a candid and non-flor ...more
He was a statesman, an author, an inventor, a scientist, a printer, and the list goes on and on when describing Benjamin Franklin. As an autobiographer he also demonstrated his geni ...more
Reading this book was a joy. It's cool too to note the differences in writing style and spelling he used. Just two examples..."musik" ...more
He had a very down-to-earth writing style. I know that some of the words would have been modernised a little at some point in the publication history but you still get a very 18th century style without it bogging down with a lot of needless filler.
My problem with this book though is that there was quite a lot not included. He writes ...more
I really enjoyed the old fashioned language after getting used to it. Normally, I resist using puffed-up language and always try to find mundane equivalents for words I might naturally use or words that might be slightly more precise. So I thought it wd annoy me that Franklin’s language was unnecessarily elevated and abstract. But it didn't mess with me, I really enjoyed the diction and syntax, reminded me of reading _Cloud Atlas_, where a fict ...more
I'll admit it: the old-fashioned language of the original is daunting and ...more
If you're a fan of Ben, definitely read it. I loved the first half. The second half, for me, became too bogged down in military discussions (and he died prior to covering the Revolutionary War), w ...more
If you want to know about the events of Ben Franklin's life, seek a different book. That is not the primary focus of this book, and much of what old Ben details will probably seem tedious or trivial compared to the Revolution....which the book stops twenty years shy of.
Autobiography deals with what the subject himself thinks important for others to know, and what Franklin pays a lot of time on in this book is advice. For those looking for it, there is advice on how to persuade ...more
There is no better life book, and it is so effective because it does not seek to be a self-help book. This autobiography is really just a look into the life of a person who sought only improvement in his own person and enga ...more
I found this a bit rambling on topics. But all in all…a fascinating man.
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1) Readability - Compared to other texts written in the 18th century, Franklin's mode of conveyance is almos ...more