The Life of Benjamin Franklin

The Life of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Pages: 12
ISBN: UVA:X000278375
Available:
Release: 1905
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Pages: 163
ISBN: NYPL:33433082364211
Available:
Release: 1892
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Unfinished Life of Benjamin Franklin

The Unfinished Life of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Douglas Anderson
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781421406138
Available:
Release: 2012-06-01
Editor: JHU Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Anderson’s carefully considered work makes a persuasive case for revisiting this celebrated book with a keener appreciation for the subtlety and beauty of Franklin’s performance.

The Life of Benjamin Franklin Volume 1

The Life of Benjamin Franklin  Volume 1
Author: J. A. Leo Lemay
Pages: 568
ISBN: 9780812238549
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: University of Pennsylvania Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents the life of Benjamin Franklin, including how the climate of the time influenced his philosophies and works, his extremely active work life, and his role in the development of the United States.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Amazonclassics Edition

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin  Amazonclassics Edition
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Pages: 190
ISBN: 1542049199
Available:
Release: 2017-09-05
Editor: AmazonClassics
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Written between 1717 and 1790, and originally referred to by its author as simply Memoirs, Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is considered the pioneering example of the genre. In this influential account of the American Dream in action, Franklin recounts his early life, his inventions, his quest for virtue and self-improvement, and his political achievements. The unfinished work is a vivid depiction of life in early America, as well as a relatable and inspiring portrait of one of its revolutionary thinkers. AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world. Revised edition: Previously published as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, this edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Author: Walter Isaacson
Pages: 586
ISBN: 0606302425
Available:
Release: 2004-04-30
Editor: Turtleback Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and statesman while tracing his life as one of America's Founding Fathers.

The Life of Benjamin Franklin Volume 3

The Life of Benjamin Franklin  Volume 3
Author: J. A. Leo Lemay
Pages: 768
ISBN: 9780812291414
Available:
Release: 2014-10-01
Editor: University of Pennsylvania Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Described as "a harmonious human multitude," Ben Franklin's life and careers were so varied and successful that he remains, even today, the epitome of the self-made man. Born into a humble tradesman's family, this adaptable genius rose to become an architect of the world's first democracy, a leading light in Enlightenment science, and a major creator of what has come to be known as the American character. Journalist, musician, politician, scientist, humorist, inventor, civic leader, printer, writer, publisher, businessman, founding father, philosopher—a genius in all fields and a bit of a magician in some. Volume 3 begins in the year 1748, when Franklin was known in Pennsylvania as clerk of the Pennsylvania Assembly and in the Middle Colonies as the printer and editor of Poor Richard's Almanac and the Pennsylvania Gazette, the best-known colonial publications. By the middle of 1757, where this volume leaves off, he had become famous in Pennsylvania as a public-spirited citizen and soldier in the conflicts of the Seven Years' War; well known throughout America as a writer, politician, and the most important theorist and patriot of the American empire; and renowned in the western world as a natural philosopher. This volume tells the story of that transformation.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
Author: Thomas S. Kidd
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780300228144
Available:
Release: 2017-05-23
Editor: Yale University Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A major new biography, illuminating the great mystery of Benjamin Franklin’s faith Renowned as a printer, scientist, and diplomat, Benjamin Franklin also published more works on religious topics than any other eighteenth-century American layperson. Born to Boston Puritans, by his teenage years Franklin had abandoned the exclusive Christian faith of his family and embraced deism. But Franklin, as a man of faith, was far more complex than the “thorough deist” who emerges in his autobiography. As Thomas Kidd reveals, deist writers influenced Franklin’s beliefs, to be sure, but devout Christians in his life—including George Whitefield, the era’s greatest evangelical preacher; his parents; and his beloved sister Jane—kept him tethered to the Calvinist creed of his Puritan upbringing. Based on rigorous research into Franklin’s voluminous correspondence, essays, and almanacs, this fresh assessment of a well-known figure unpacks the contradictions and conundrums faith presented in Franklin’s life.

The Autobiography and Other Writings

The Autobiography and Other Writings
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Pages: 240
ISBN: 0142437603
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Collects Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women.

Young Benjamin Franklin

Young Benjamin Franklin
Author: Nick Bunker
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9781101872802
Available:
Release: 2019-08-20
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In this new account of Franklin's early life, Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex, driven young man who elbows his way to success. From his early career as a printer and journalist to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he had to make his way through a harsh colonial world, where he fought many battles with his rivals, but also with his wayward emotions. Taking Franklin to the age of forty-one, when he made his first electrical discoveries, Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge. Always trying to balance virtue against ambition, Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human being, made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason. With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic, we see Franklin in Boston, London, and Philadelphia as he develops his formula for greatness. A tale of science, politics, war, and religion, this is also a story about Franklin's forebears: the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite genius.

Book of Ages

Book of Ages
Author: Jill Lepore
Pages: 442
ISBN: 9780307948830
Available:
Release: 2014-07
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, reveals how she was, like her brother, a passionate reader, gifted writer, and shrewd political commentator who made insightful observations about early America.

Benjamin Franklin American Genius

Benjamin Franklin  American Genius
Author: Brandon Marie Miller
Pages: 144
ISBN: 9781613741306
Available:
Release: 2009-10
Editor: Chicago Review Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Tells the rich story of one of America's most celebrated Founding Fathers. Features his original writings and hands-on activities from his era, a time line, glossary, Web and travel resources, and reading list for further study.

Inventing America

Inventing America
Author: Mark Regan Essig
Pages: 48
ISBN: 1401602371
Available:
Release: 2006
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Using the same "Museum in a Book" format as the popular "Lewis and Clark on the Trail of Discovery," this biography brings Benjamin Franklin to life through words and such removable documents as portions of "Poor Richard's Almanack" and Franklin's edits to the Declaration of Independence.

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin

A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin
Author: David A. Adler
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781430130383
Available:
Release: 2018-01-01
Editor: Lerner Publishing Group
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"This read-along shows how Ben Franklin, one of 17 children in a poor family in Colonial Massachusetts, became one of our greatest statesmen and inventors. This straightforward biography is embellished with soft background music and sound effects that are picked up from the details in the lively, quaint illustrations in the accompanying book." -AudioFile

The First American

The First American
Author: H. W. Brands
Pages: 784
ISBN: 9780307754943
Available:
Release: 2010-05-26
Editor: Anchor
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America’s first Renaissance man. From penniless runaway to highly successful printer, from ardently loyal subject of Britain to architect of an alliance with France that ensured America’s independence, Franklin went from obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired figures, whose circle included the likes of Voltaire, Hume, Burke, and Kant. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius. A much needed reminder of Franklin’s greatness and humanity, The First American is a work of meticulous scholarship that provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, a vital era in American life, and the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy.

The Story of Benjamin Franklin

The Story of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Orli Zuravicky
Pages: 329
ISBN: 1647398215
Available:
Release: 2021
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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My Life with Benjamin Franklin

My Life with Benjamin Franklin
Author: Claude Anne Lopez
Pages: 261
ISBN: 0300081928
Available:
Release: 2000
Editor: Berghahn Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This delightful book is a collection of incidental pieces that reveal little-known aspects of the life and personality of Benjamin Franklin. Written by the doyenne of Franklin scholars, it conveys Franklin's humor, resiliency, courage, and intelligence, and his faith in a better future. The selections are based on Claude-Anne Lopez's research in the treasure trove of nearly thirty thousand documents on Franklin assembled at Yale University. They include a detailed refutation of an anti-Semitic forgery attributed to Franklin and currently circulating on the Internet; three mini-detective stories showing Franklin on the fringes of the espionage world; discussions of Franklin's efforts to outfit Washington's army and to choose the first dinner set for the Foreign Service; and the tale of the misadventures of a French utopian scheme he sponsored. The only piece of fiction in the book is an imaginary party during which, on the first anniversary of his death, six illustrious Frenchmen discuss Franklin's influence on their country. Lopez has provided brief personal introductions to each of the pieces, giving her reasons for writing them and in the process threading the essays together.

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Gordon S. Wood
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781101200902
Available:
Release: 2005-05-31
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex—and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin’s life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country’s idea of itself.

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Pages: 329
ISBN: OXFORD:N10581999
Available:
Release: 1818
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Mark Skousen,Benjamin Franklin
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780895260338
Available:
Release: 2005-11-01
Editor: Regnery Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A lifelong scholar of Benjamin Franklin's life completes the unfinished "Autobiography" with information on Franklin's attitudes about such topics as the Constitutional Convention, slavery, and Thomas Jefferson.