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Franklin's Autobiography (Eclectic English Classics)   By: (1706-1790)

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Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is a captivating and enlightening work that offers readers a glimpse into the fascinating life of one of America's founding fathers. Originally intended as a guide for his son, this memoir serves as a testament to Franklin's exceptional intellect, profound wisdom, and unwavering commitment to self-improvement.

The book is divided into four parts, each showcasing different stages of Franklin's life. Through his concise and articulate writing, Franklin recounts his childhood in Boston, his journey to Philadelphia, and his rise as a successful businessman, scientist, and statesman. Moreover, his narrative teems with insightful anecdotes, showcasing his resourcefulness, perseverance, and innovative spirit.

One of the most striking aspects of Franklin's Autobiography is the relentless pursuit of self-improvement that permeates his life. Franklin's unyielding commitment to personal growth manifests through his creation of a unique set of virtues, which he meticulously followed to better himself. His dedication to discipline and his unwavering moral compass offer readers valuable life lessons that remain relevant even today.

Furthermore, Franklin's Autobiography provides an invaluable historical insight into the formation of the United States. As Franklin details his involvement in crucial events, such as the drafting of the Declaration of Independence or his diplomatic missions in Europe, readers gain a deeper appreciation for his influential role in shaping the nation and its values.

In addition to the historical and philosophical significance, Franklin's Autobiography showcases his wit and intelligence. Through his prose, Franklin effortlessly captivates readers, making even the most mundane events engaging and entertaining. His sharp observations and witty comments create a vibrant reading experience, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in his world.

While the book does contain some dated language and cultural references, the overall message and lessons conveyed by Franklin transcend time and remain highly applicable today. Franklin's Autobiography encourages readers to seize opportunities, strive for self-improvement, and embody the values of hard work and integrity.

In conclusion, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is a must-read for all history enthusiasts, as well as those seeking valuable life lessons. Engaging, insightful, and inspiring, this timeless classic provides a unique glimpse into the life and mind of one of America's most remarkable figures. Franklin's Autobiography stands as a testament to the power of self-reflection, unwavering determination, and the pursuit of knowledge.

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Copyright, 1896 and 1910, by AMERICAN BOOK COMPANY


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When Franklin was born, in 1706, Queen Anne was on the English throne, and Swift and Defoe were pamphleteering. The one had not yet written "Gulliver's Travels," nor the other "Robinson Crusoe;" neither had Addison and Steele and other wits of Anne's reign begun the "Spectator." Pope was eighteen years old.

At that time ships bringing news, food and raiment, and laws and governors to the ten colonies of America, ran grave chances of falling into the hands of the pirates who infested the waters of the shores. In Boston Cotton Mather was persecuting witches. There were no stage coaches in the land, merely a bridle path led from New York to Philadelphia, and a printing press throughout the colonies was a raree show.

Only six years before Franklin's birth, the first newspaper report for the first newspaper in the country was written on the death of Captain Kidd and six of his companions near Boston, when the editor of the "News Letter" told the story of the hanging of the pirates, detailing the exhortations and prayers and their taking off... Continue reading book >>

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