The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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eBook - 2012
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself called his Memoirs, is the unfinished record of his life written between 1771 and 1790. It has become one of the most well-known and influential autobiographies in history, and has been praised both as a historical document and a piece of literature in its own right. William Dean Howells declared that "Franklin's is one of the greatest autobiographies in literature, and towers over other autobiographies as Franklin towered over other men."
Publisher: Garfield Heights : Duke Classics, 2012
ISBN: 9781620114445
Branch Call Number: E-Book
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mjathols
Aug 01, 2017

What? 4-stars only? Are you mad? This book is legendary.

Yeah, I did it. What of it?! Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the guy, but I've got to fault him for a few things. Sure, I get it. He was a self-made man, a genius, an inventor of practical things, full of folksy sayings. However, for one thing, his writing style leaves much to be desired: his home-spun antiquated phrasings can leave a person tongue-tied, even if said person is just reading it in her head.

Also, the man wasn't quite as progressive a thinker as I always thought him. Indians are savages, and his view of women (which granted was possibly more far-thinking at his time), was far from feminism-approved, in that he thought that women should be educated, but only to the point that they could take over their husbands business should he die, and only until such time that the son became of age to take over said business.

I almost slapped you for that one, Franklin!

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toddschirm
Apr 24, 2011

Great book. Franklin really used clear prose, & it's very easy reading.

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mjathols
Aug 01, 2017

What? 4-stars only? Are you mad? This book is legendary.

Yeah, I did it. What of it?! Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the guy, but I've got to fault him for a few things. Sure, I get it. He was a self-made man, a genius, an inventor of practical things, full of folksy sayings. However, for one thing, his writing style leaves much to be desired: his home-spun antiquated phrasings can leave a person tongue-tied, even if said person is just reading it in her head.

Also, the man wasn't quite as progressive a thinker as I always thought him. Indians are savages, and his view of women (which granted was possibly more far-thinking at his time), was far from feminism-approved, in that he thought that women should be educated, but only to the point that they could take over their husbands business should he die, and only until such time that the son became of age to take over said business.

I almost slapped you for that one, Franklin!

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