The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin


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Артикул: 978-088-0006-58-3 Категории: , ,

Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography is both an important historical
document and Franklin’s major literary work. It was not only the first
autobiography to achieve widespread popularity, but after two hundred
years remains one of the most enduringly popular examples of the genre ever
written. As such, it provides not only the story of Franklin’s own remarkably
influential career, but maps out a strategy for self-made success in the context
of emerging American nationhood. The Autobiography is a major source
for exploring Franklin’s ideas on wealth and virtue as well as his motivations
in pursuing a long life of active civic participation. It is also uniquely useful
as the story of a successful working printer in eighteenth-century North
America, revealing much about the art and business of the printer’s trade
that is not documented with such coherence elsewhere.