The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin : Second Edition (Yale Nota Bene)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Second Edition - Yale Nota Bene Author:Benjamin Franklin Translated into a dozen languages, printed in hundreds of editions, and read by millions of people, Franklins autobiography has had an influence perhaps unequaled by any other book by an American writer. Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, the autobiography offers Franklins reflections on philosophy and religion, polit... more »ics, war, education, material success, and the status of women. This edition of the autobiography, prepared by the editors of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, is drawn with scrupulous care from the original manuscript in Franklins handwriting now in the Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. The introduction by Leonard W. Labaree places the autobiography in literary and historical contexts. In a new foreword, Edmund S. Morgan writes about Franklins dual allegiance as an American and a subject of an English kingand his emergence as a leader of the American Revolution. This edition also includes biographical notes, a chronology of Franklins life, and an updated bibliography.« less
I know he wrote this book about himself, but instead of coming away with an understanding of his influence on the colonies, I just got a clear picture of what an egotistical slut he was.
He had seventeen children, mentions only three in the book, and just one of them by name. I can't fathom a father writing an autobiography without including his children. But then again, maybe they weren't a part of his life that mattered.