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The only edition of the celebrated Autobiography that includes the long-missing and recently identified â€œWagon Letters.â€Written during the most eventful years of Benjamin Franklin's life (1771â€“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.
â€œContextsâ€ presents a broader view of Franklinâ€™s life with a journal entry from a 1726 voyage, correspondence, a Poor Richard piece on ambition and fame, Franklinâ€™s views on self-improvement, and his last will (and codicil).
â€œCriticismâ€ draws on a wealth of material that reflects both the wide range of Franklinâ€™s achievements and the global impact of his life and memoirs. New international voices in â€œContemporary Opinionsâ€ include Immanuel Kant, HonorÃ© Gabriel Riqueti, Comte de Mirabeau, JosÃ© Antonio de Alzate y RamÃrez, and JosÃ© Francisco Correia da Serra. â€œNineteenth-Century Opinionsâ€ includes Humphry Davy on Franklinâ€™s discovery of electricity as well as Empress Shoken of Japanâ€™s Franklin-inspired poem. Finally, â€œModern Opinionsâ€ reprints important pieces: I. B. Cohen on Franklin and the Autobiography's importance to science; Michael Warnerâ€™s theoretical interpretation of the practices of writing and printing and what they tell us about Franklin; and Peter Stallybrassâ€™s insightful and engaging history-of-the-book perspective on Franklinâ€™s writing generally and the Autobiography specifically.
A Chronology of Franklinâ€™s life, a Selected Bibliography, and an Index are also included.
Author : Benjamin Franklin
ISBN : 0393935612
Language : English
No of Pages : 480
Edition : New Edition
Publication Date : 1/17/2012
Format/Binding : Paperback
Book dimensions : 8.3x5.1x1.3
Book weight : 0.01
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