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The Autobiography and Other Writings by Benjamin Franklin
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Sep 21, 11

bookshelves: biography-autobiography, classics

Benjamin Franklin is a giant of American history-the only man to sign all four major documents of the founding of the United States. He figures in prominently in the John Adams miniseries on HBO, not to mention his Poor Richard and electricity fame. This led me to finally read The Autobiography and Other Writings of Benjamin Franklin. The hallmark of the Penguin Classics are the knowledgeable forwards and carefully edited edition and this one is no exception-Kenneth Silverman has done an excellent job of putting Franklin into context of how he was received by his contemporaries as well as his many guises of writing and how he evolved as a thinker over time. Perhaps Franklin in writing seems to be a contradiction of how he ended up but his zealousness for being productive and economical in the name of profit might overshadow his reputation as an epicure in his later life. He is a complicated and contradictory character who is a product of restless, critical mind.
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