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Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2) A Biographical and Critical Study Based Mainly on his own Writings   By:

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In "Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2) A Biographical and Critical Study Based Mainly on his own Writings" by William Cabell Bruce, readers are taken on an insightful and comprehensive journey into the life of one of America's most influential founding fathers. Bruce's meticulous research and use of Franklin's own writings provide readers with an intimate look into the mind and experiences of this remarkable figure.

The book begins by delving into Franklin's early life, his family background, and his formative years in Boston. Bruce paints a vivid picture of Franklin's youth, allowing readers to understand the circumstances that shaped the man he would become. From there, the narrative takes us through Franklin's journey in Philadelphia, his ventures as a printer, and his rise to prominence in various fields.

One of the book's greatest strengths is its focus on Franklin as an author and intellectual. Bruce extensively analyzes Franklin's writings, showcasing his wit, wisdom, and innovative ideas. It is through this exploration that readers gain a deeper understanding of Franklin's multifaceted character. Whether discussing his scientific experiments, political views, or moral philosophy, Bruce successfully showcases Franklin's brilliance and his contributions to a wide range of disciplines.

Beyond Franklin's intellectual pursuits, Bruce also delves into his personal life and relationships. The author examines Franklin's marriages, his children, and the challenges he faced in maintaining familial connections amidst his demanding pursuits. These insights allow readers to see Franklin as a human being, with both strengths and flaws.

While the book provides an excellent biographical account, it does have a tendency to be overly detailed at times. Some readers may find certain tangents and minutiae distracting, impeding the overall flow of the narrative. Additionally, while the analysis of Franklin's writings is informative, it might be overwhelming for readers less interested in the intellectual aspects of his life.

Nevertheless, Bruce's writing style is accessible and engaging, making the book enjoyable to both aficionados of American history and casual readers looking to learn more about this iconic figure. The inclusion of numerous illustrations and anecdotes further enhances the reading experience, bringing the scenes and personalities of Franklin's world to life.

In conclusion, "Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I" by William Cabell Bruce offers a comprehensive and illuminating exploration of one of America's most significant figures. Through meticulous research and a deep analysis of Franklin's own writings, Bruce creates an engaging narrative that provides readers with a profound understanding of Franklin's life and legacy. This book is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to delve into the mind and experiences of Benjamin Franklin and the historical context in which he lived.

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN

SELF REVEALED

A BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL STUDY BASED MAINLY ON HIS OWN WRITINGS

BY

WILLIAM CABELL BRUCE

IN TWO VOLUMES

VOLUME I

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK AND LONDON The Knickerbocker Press 1917

COPYRIGHT, 1917 BY W. CABELL BRUCE

The Knickerbocker Press, New York

CONTENTS

PAGE

INTRODUCTION 1

CHAPTER

I. FRANKLIN'S MORAL STANDING AND SYSTEM 12

II. FRANKLIN'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS 51

III. FRANKLIN, THE PHILANTHROPIST AND CITIZEN 102

IV. FRANKLIN'S FAMILY RELATIONS 198

V. FRANKLIN'S AMERICAN FRIENDS 310

VI. FRANKLIN'S BRITISH FRIENDS 372

VII. FRANKLIN'S FRENCH FRIENDS 473

Benjamin Franklin

Self Revealed

Introduction

In reading the life of Benjamin Franklin, the most lasting impressions left upon the mind are those of versatility and abundance. His varied genius lent itself without effort to the minutest details of such commonplace things as the heating and ventilation of rooms, the correction of smoky chimneys and naval architecture and economy... Continue reading book >>




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