The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Language Illustrations By Michael Clay Thompson
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'The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is, by any reckoning, among the most extraordinary documents of the New World. Written in Franklin’s signature clear prose style, the Autobiography, which Franklin called his memoir, tells of Franklin’s rise to manhood first in Boston, where he was apprenticed to his brother, James, and then in Philadelphia, where his industry, frugality, integrity, and erudite intelligence helped him rise to prosperity and importance in the community.' So writes Michael Clay Thompson in the introduction to Franklin's memoir of the years 1706 to 1757.
Benjamin Franklin was an extraordinary man: America's original Renaissance man, skilled not only in politics but in writing and science. An inventor and publisher; on the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence; instrumental in developing America's first libraries, and fire departments; a strong advocate (in voice and in example) for the abolition of slavery.
His Autobiography reveals the man, his times and his contemporaries. MCT illustrates the text with examples of his 'mischievious sense of humor', elegance of style, and particular vocabulary.
Fitting in with the Common Core, this is the first part of our American Autobiographies Trilogy. The books, though very different from one another, reveal in astonishing immediacy the thoughts and experiences of the writers against a background and description of the times they lived in, and show the contributions they made to the way we live and think now.
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