A Benjamin Franklin Reader

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Simon and Schuster, 2003 - 551 páginas

Selected and annotated by the author of the acclaimed Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, this collection of Franklin's writings shows why he was the bestselling author of his day and remains America's favorite Founder and wit.

As a twelve-year-old apprentice in his brother's print shop, Benjamin Franklin taught himself to be a writer by taking notes on the works of great essayists such as Addison and Steele, jumbling them up, and then trying to recreate them in his own words. By that method, he recalled in his Autobiography, he was encouraged to think he might become a "tolerable" writer. In fact, he became the best, most popular, and most influential writer in colonial America. His direct and practical prose shaped America's democratic character, and his homespun humor gave birth to the nation's unique brand of crackerbarrel wisdom.

This book collects dozens of Franklin's delight-ful essays and letters, along with a complete version of his Autobiography. It includes an introductory essay exploring Franklin's life and impact as a writer, and each piece is accompanied by a preface and notes that provide background, context, and analysis. Through the writings and the introductory essays, the reader can trace the development of Franklin's thinking, along with the birth of the nation he and his pen helped to invent.

 

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Very, very interesting. Benjamin Franklin, while definitely a strange fellow, was certainly a genius and one of the best writers of all time. What scares me is that because he's so good, he almost ... Leer comentario completo

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Introduction
1
Silence Dogood Introduces Herself
9
Silence Dogoods Recipe for Poetry
18
The First Abortion Controversy
45
A Witch Trial at Mount Holly
58
Introducing Poor Richard
93
Poor Richard Denies He Is Franklin
100
How to Write an Almanac
112
The Grumpy Boarder
213
The Cravenstreet Gazette
223
A Showdown with Lord Hillsborough
230
The Cause of Colds
239
You Are My Enemy
259
An Appeal to Frances Interests
269
To His Daughter on Fame Frugality and Grandchildren
286
A Fable About Misguided Loyalists
311

A Defense of Religious Tolerance
119
A Call to Arms for the Middling People
133
On Welfare Dependency
155
Catherine Ray
166
Reasons for Restoring Canada to France
187
The Constitutional Convention
357
Franklins Closing Speech
363
To Thomas Jefferson
379
The Autobiography
399
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Walter Isaacson is the author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. He has been the chairman and CEO of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Kissinger: A Biography and coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He lives with his wife and daughter in Washington, D.C., and Aspen, Colorado.

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