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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. '¬SContexts'¬ 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). '¬SCriticism'¬ 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 '¬SContemporary Opinions'¬ include Immanuel Kant, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez, and José Francisco Correia da Serra. '¬SNineteenth-Century Opinions'¬ includes Humphry Davy on Franklin'¬"s discovery of electricity as well as Empress ShÅken of Japan'¬"s Franklin-inspired poem. Finally, '¬SModern 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.
Table of Contents
|Notes on the Text|
|Maps: Franklin's Boston, Philadelphia, and London|
|The Text of the Autobiography|
|"A Quire Book of Letters"|
|The Outline of the Autobiography|
|A Guide to People Mentioned in the Autobiography|
|Journal of a Voyage, 1726|
|Excerpts from Franklin's Letters Mentioning the Autobiography|
|"Authentic Memoir of Dr. Franklyn"|
|Excerpts From Franklin's Writings On Ambition And Fame, Wealth, And Self-Improvement|
|Ambition And Fame|
|From Poor Richard Improved, 1750|
|From Poor Richard Improved, Jan. 1758|
|To Sarah (Franklin) Bache, June 3, 1779|
|From Benjamin Vaughn, May 1785|
|From Jane Mecom, July 21, 1786|
|To Cadwallader Colden, Sept. 29, 1748|
|To William Strahan, June 2, 1750|
|To Jane Mecom, Dec. 30, 1770|
|To Thomas Cushing, June 10, 1771|
|Benjamin Vaughn to Lord Shelburne, Nov. 24, 1782|
|To Robert Morris, Dec. 25, 1783|
|To Benjamin Vaughn, July 26, 1784|
|Last Will and Testament, 1788, and Codicil, 1789|
|Franklin's Epitaph, 1728|
|Franklin's Junto Query on Human Perfection, 1732|
|[Poor Richard on Self-Improvement, 1749]|
|Rules for Making Oneself a Disagreeable Companion, 1749|
|To Lord Kames, May 3, 1760|
|To Abiah Franklin, Apr. 12, 1750|
|To Joseph Priestley, Sept. 19, 1772|
|Criticism Contemporary Opinions|
|[The Modern Prometheus]|
|To Franklin, May 10, 1762|
|Franklin in the Cockpit|
|The Pennsylvania Gazette Report, 1774|
|Benjamin Vaughn's Account, 1779|
|To Count Patrick D'Arcy, Oct. 5, 1775|
|From the New-Jersey Gazette, Dec. 31, 1777|
|From Origins & Progress of the American Rebellion|
|To Franklin, May 1790|
|Eulogy for Franklin before the National Assembly of France, 1790|
|A Brief Eulogy for Benjamin Franklin, 1790|
|Eulogy for Franklin to the Royal Academy of Sciences, Lisbon, 1791|
|On Franklin, May 15, 1811|
|From the Edinburgh Review, 1806|
|From Literary Magazine, 1806|
|To George and Georgiana Keats, Oct. 14-31, 1818|
|Historical Sketch of Electrical Discovery|
|The Business Man|
|From Hunt's Autobiography|
|From Israel Potter|
|The Late Benjamin Franklin|
|[A Franklinian Poem], c. 1890|
|FromThe Dial, May 1887|
|From Editor's Study, Apr. 1888|
|From Editor's Study, July 1888|
|From Editor's Study, Jan. 1890|
|From Editor's Easy Chair, Oct. 1905|
|From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism|
|[The Classic Books of America]|
|Franklin and Science|
|The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin: The Puritan Experimenter in Life and Art|
|Franklin: The Representational Politics of the Man of Letters|
|Benjamin Franklin: Printed Collections and Erasable Writing|
|Benjamin Franklin: A Chronology|
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