"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.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-405) and index.
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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.