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  1. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (New Edition)  (Norton Critical Editions)
    Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (New Edition)  (Norton Critical Editions)
    Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (New Edition)  (Norton Critical Editions)
    Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (New Edition)  (Norton Critical Editions)
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  2. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (New Edition) (Norton Critical Editions)

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The only edition of the celebrated Autobiography that includes the long-missing and recently identified “Wagon Letters.”

Written during the most eventful years of Benjamin Franklin's life (1771–90), the Autobiography is one of the most influential memoirs in history. This newly edited Norton Critical Edition includes an introduction that explains the history of the Autobiography within the larger history of the life-writing genre as well as within the history of celebrity. The text is accompanied by new and expanded explanatory annotations and by a map, an illustration, and six facsimiles.

“Contexts” presents a broader view of Franklin’s life with a journal entry from a 1726 voyage, correspondence, a Poor Richard piece on ambition and fame, Franklin’s views on self-improvement, and his last will (and codicil).

“Criticism” draws on a wealth of material that reflects both the wide range of Franklin’s achievements and the global impact of his life and memoirs. New international voices in “Contemporary Opinions” include Immanuel Kant, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez, and José Francisco Correia da Serra. “Nineteenth-Century Opinions” includes Humphry Davy on Franklin’s discovery of electricity as well as Empress Shoken of Japan’s Franklin-inspired poem. Finally, “Modern Opinions” reprints important pieces: I. B. Cohen on Franklin and the Autobiography's importance to science; Michael Warner’s theoretical interpretation of the practices of writing and printing and what they tell us about Franklin; and Peter Stallybrass’s insightful and engaging history-of-the-book perspective on Franklin’s writing generally and the Autobiography specifically.

A Chronology of Franklin’s life, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index are also included.

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It's a little presumptuous to write a "review" of a book as historically important as this, so I'll just give a few reasons why you should read it.

It's well-written and engaging, even 200+ (nearing 300+; Franklin was born in 1706) years later. It stops in 1760, well before his involvement with the Revolution, but it covers in detail his youth, apprenticeships, the formation of his philosophy and ideals, and his path from poor roots to business and social success -- the first telling of the American Dream, the idea that a poor young man could Find His Fortune in the New World through enterprise, wisdom, and work.

There is a high degree of self-hagiography here, and it would be amusing to tally up (for example) how many times Franklin praises himself vs. how many times he advises on the virtue of humility. He smooths over controversial topics like his illegitimate son, he doesn't mention his membership in the Freemasons, etc. The construction is also a bit... Read more
Franklin's actual Autobiography is at least 3 large volumes of over 300 pages each. This one is less than 1/2 of one of those volumes. Franklin's knowledge and value as a revolutionary & as a man was equal to all the rest of our "founding fathers" put together. Franklin's Autobiography has been decimated & the best has been left out, with the false excuse that it was unimportant, and to make it suitable for school children. Why call it Complete??? Why not call it what it is, a hack job for children, and this makes it suitable for grade school introductions. There are no longer any uncensored versions of Franklin. The censoring was on his opinions of what really caused the American Revolution & it is relevant today as then, & will be for all time, it was that good. No longer. We have been robbed in many ways by the influences that robbed us of Franklin, and all for the same reasons & by the same Big Money Private Central Debt Fiat Monopoly Fraudulent "Bankers".
This is probably the birth of the Self-Help genre. :) One of the best of its type.

Benjamin Franklin wrote this book as direction and as a guide to his son. This is a wonderful story for all ages.
The information and insight Franklin wrote here is priceless. This is a power packed little book. It has great insight into business success, franchising, character, integrity, and American culture in the early 1700’s.

Franklin shares his daily schedule outline. How he scheduled his day. Franklin also shares his refining process, what he did week in and week out, to become one of the greatest Americans to live. The key thirteen principles he lived his life by are: Temperance, Silence, Order, Resolution, Frugality, Industry, Sincerity, Justice, Moderation, Cleanliness, Tranquility, Chastity, and Humility. He goes into more depth defining these virtues and how he integrated them into his life.

Process of Master according to Benjamin Franklin: You... Read more
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