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Title:
Benjamin Franklin's autobiography : an authoritative text, contexts, criticism / edited by Joyce E. Chaplin.
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Edition:
1st ed.
Imprint:
New York : W.W. Norton, ©2012.
Description:
xxx, 441 pages : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
ISBN:
9780393935615
0393935612
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Series:
A Norton critical edition
Summary:
"The only edition of the celebrated Autobiography that includes the long-missing and recently identified "Wagon Letters." 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. "Contexts" 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). "Criticism" 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 "Contemporary Opinions" include Immanuel Kant, Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez, and José Francisco Correia da Serra. "Nineteenth-Century Opinions" includes Humphry Davy on Franklin's discovery of electricity as well as Empress Shōken of Japan's Franklin-inspired poem. Finally, "Modern 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."--Publisher's website.
Bibliography, etc. note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-405) and index.
Formatted contents note
The text of the autobiography : The autobiography
"A quire book of letters"
Outline of the autobiography
Guide to people mentioned in the autobiography
Contexts : Journal of a voyage, 1726 / excerpts from Franklin's letters mentioning the autobiography
"Authentic memoir of Dr. Franklyn" / excerpts from Franklin's writings and correspondence
Ambition and fame : From Poor Richard Improved, 1750
From Poor Richard Improved,1758
To Sarah (Franklin) Bache, June 3, 1779
From Benjamin Vaughan, May 1785
From Jane Mecom, July 21, 1786
Wealth : To Cadwallader Colden, September 29, 1748
To William Strahan, June 2, 1750
To Jane Mecom, December 30, 1770
To Thomas Cushing, June 10, 1771
Benjamin Vaughan to Lord Shelburne, November 24, 1782
To Robert Morris, December 25, 1783
To Benjamin Vaughan, July 26, 1784
Last will and testament, 1788, and codicil, 1789
Self-improvement : 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, 1750
To Lord Kames, May 3, 1760
To Abiah Franklin, April 12, 1750
To Joseph Priestley, September 19, 1772.
Criticism
Contemporary opinions : The modern Prometheus / Immanuel Kant
To Franklin, May 10, 1762 / David Hume
Franklin in the Cockpit / The Pennsylvania Gazette Report, 1774
Benjamin Vaughan's account, 1779
To Count Patrick D'Arcy, October 5, 1775 / Edmund Burke
From the New-Jersey Gazette, December 31, 1777
From Origins & progress of the American rebellion / Peter Oliver
To Franklin, May 1790 / Richard Price
Eulogy for Franklin before the National Assembly of France, 1790 / Honorè Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau
A brief eulogy for Benjamin Franklin, 1790 / José Antonio de Alzate y Ramírez
Eulogy for Franklin to the Royal Academy of Science, Lisbon, 1791 / José Francisco Correia da Serra
On Franklin, May 15, 1811 / John Adams
Nineteenth-century opinions : From the Edinburgh Review, 1806 / Francis, Lord Jeffrey
From the Literary Magazine, 1806 / Charles Brockden Brown
To George and Georgiana Keats, October 14*-31, 1818 / John Keats
Historical sketch of electrical discovery / Humphry Davy
The business man / Edgar Allan Poe
From Autobiography / Leigh Hunt
From Israel Potter / Herman Melville
The late Benjamin Franklin / Mark Twain
A Franklinian poem, c. 1890 / Empress Shōken of Japan
From The Dial, May 1887 / Frederick Jackson Turner
From the Editor's Study, April 1888, from Editor's Study, July 1888, from Editor's Study, January 1890, from Editor's Easy Chair, October 1905 / William Dean Howells
Recent opinions : From The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism / Max Weber
Benjamin Franklin / D.H. Lawrence
The classic books of America / W. Somerset Maugham
Franklin and science / I.B. Cohen
The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin : the Puritan experimenter in life and art / David Levin
Franklin : the representational politics of the man of letters / Michael Warner
Benjamin Franklin : printed collections and erasable writing / Peter Stallybrass
Benjamin Franklin : a chronology.
The Autobiography
"A Quire Book of Letters"
The Outline of the Autobiography
A Guide to People Mentioned in the Autobiography.
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