Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography (Norton Critical Editions)

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  • Copyright: 2012-01-17
  • Publisher: W W NORTON

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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
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
Nineteenth-Century Opinions
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
Recent Opinions
From The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism
Benjamin Franklin
[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
Selected Bibliography
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