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Benjamin Franklin is the author of The Way to Wealth (1986), Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (2008), The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (2018), Fart Proudly (2003) and other 107 books.

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The Way to Wealth

release date: Jan 01, 1986
The Way to Wealth
The first American book on personal finance, The Way to Wealth by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to Poor Richard's Almanack, this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning and saving money and debt. As the 21st Century charges along and the current economic climate continues to send out mixed messages, Franklin's simple but wise commentary on the value of industry and frugality resonates as much for us today as it did for listeners nearly 350 years ago. Here is a sample: • “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” • “If you would be wealthy, think of saving, as well as of getting.” • “If you would have your business done, go; if not, send.” • “Think what you do when you run into debt; you give to another power over your liberty.” • “Creditors have better memories than debtors.” Although older than the United States itself, The Way to Wealth is still very popular. It is handed out by major companies and financial institutions to friends, clients, and customers and is the January, 2004 selection of The Washington Post's the Color of Money Book Club. As Michelle Singletary, director of the Club wrote in a column about The book, “At just 30 pages, this pocket–size book takes less than an hour to read but will give you a lifetime of financial wisdom—that is if you're wise enough to follow the advice.”

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

release date: Oct 01, 2008
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a torturous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

release date: Jun 04, 2018
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. As an inventor, he is known for the lightning rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove, among other inventions. He founded many civic organizations, including Philadelphia's fire department and the University of Pennsylvania.

Fart Proudly

release date: Mar 31, 2003
Fart Proudly
A mention of flatulence might conjure up images of bratty high school boys or lowbrow comics. But one of the most eloquent—and least expected—commentators on the subject is Benjamin Franklin. The writings in Fart Proudly reveal the rogue who lived peaceably within the philosopher and statesman. Included are "The Letter to a Royal Academy"; "On Choosing a Mistress"; "Rules on Making Oneself Disagreeable"; and other jibes. Franklin's irrepressible wit found an outlet in perpetrating hoaxes, attacking marriage and other sacred cows, and skewering the English Parliament. Reminding us of the humorous, irreverent side of this American icon, these essays endure as both hilarious satire and a timely reminder of the importance of a free press.

The Autobiography and Other Writings

release date: Apr 29, 2003
The Autobiography and Other Writings
Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. This volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse questions as philosophy and religion, social status, electricity, American national characteristics, war, and the status of women. Nearly sixty years separate the earliest writings from the latest, an interval during which Franklin was continually balancing between the puritan values of his upbringing and the modern American world to which his career served as prologue. This edition provides a new text of the Autobiography, established with close reference to Franklin's original manuscript. It also includes a new transcription of the 1726 journal and several pieces which have recently been identified as Franklin's own work. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Benjamin Franklin's Book of Virtues

release date: Sep 27, 2016
Benjamin Franklin's Book of Virtues
From 1771 to his death in 1790, Benjamin Franklin was in the process of writing what he referred to as his Memoirs. Portions of the unfinished work were published posthumously as Memoirs of the Private Life of Benjamin Franklin, first in French in 1791, and then in English in 1793. Today the complete unfinished manuscript is known as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and is considered one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written. In the heart of the work, Franklin wrote of his "bold and arduous Project of arriving at Perfection" when he was a young man. He prepared a list of thirteen virtues he wished to perfect in himself, and created a chart in which to keep track of his shortcomings. Among Franklin's list of virtues were personal traits (frugality, moderation, tranquility) and social traits (sincerity, justice, humility). Franklin strayed from the virtuous path on many occasions, and discovered perfection was an impossible thing to achieve, but felt a better man for the effort. Applewood Books now offers Benjamin Franklin's Book of Virtues as Franklin intended it - a beautiful little hardcover, complete with the list of thirteen virtues and a chart to monitor one's own progress.

Benjamin Franklin's Wise Words

release date: Jan 01, 2017
Benjamin Franklin's Wise Words
Presents a collection of the Founding Fathers famous quotes as culled from Poor Richards Almanack, his personal letters and other writings, and offers advice on subjects ranging from good citizenship and manners to friendship and happiness.

Benjamin Franklin Wit and Wisdom

release date: Mar 01, 1998
Benjamin Franklin Wit and Wisdom
Well done is better than well said.'' ''What you would seem to be, be really.'' ''A true Friend is the best Possession.'' The wise sayings within this little volume were selected from a number of editions of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack. Of course, not all the sayings here are original with old Ben, for he included in his Almanack proverbs from other sources -- but he usually gave them a flavor all his own.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Including Poor Richard's Almanac, and Familiar Letters

release date: Nov 01, 2011
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Including Poor Richard's Almanac, and Familiar Letters
Printer, author, philanthropist, abolitionist, scientist, librarian, diplomat, inventor, philosopher, self-aggrandizer, and social wag, Benjamin Franklin is one of the most fascinating characters in all of American history-a quality that was not lost on the man himself, as his autobiography makes plain. Avoiding the strife of the American Revolution entirely, Franklin focuses his incisive wit on the culture and society of colonial Philadelphia, weaving a mostly true mythology of humble origins and hard work that created the concepts of "The American Dream" and "the self-made man." This edition includes letters written by Franklin as well as "Poor Richard's Almanac," a popular pamphlet that was continuously reprinted from 1732-1758. Franklin's Autobiography, originally published in French in 1791, and translated into English and published in London in 1793, is considered the great autobiography of life in colonial America.American icon BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (1706-1790), born in Massachusetts to a British immigrant father and colonial mother, published the famous "Poor Richard's Almanac," helped found the University of Pennsylvania, and was the first Postmaster General of the United States. Franklin's likeness adorns, among other things, the United States hundred-dollar bill.

The works of Benjamin Franklin: with notes and a life of the author by J. Sparks

The Portable Benjamin Franklin

release date: Jan 03, 2006
The Portable Benjamin Franklin
It takes a very inclusive anthology to encompass the protean personality and range of interests of Benjamin Franklin, but The Portable Benjamin Franklin succeeds as no collection has. In addition to the complete Autobiography, the volume contains about 100 of Franklin’s major writings—essays, journalism, letters, political tracts, scientific observations, proposals for the improvement of civic and personal life, literary bagatelles, and private musings. The selections are reprinted in their entirety and organized chronologically within six sections that represent the full range of Franklin’s temperament. The result is a zestful read for Franklin scholars and anyone wanting to know and enjoy this American icon. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin illustrated

release date: Sep 18, 2021
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin illustrated
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin illustrated Benjamin Franklin - The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written. Franklin's account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. There are actual breaks in the narrative between the first three parts, but Part Three's narrative continues into Part Four without an authorial break

Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin...

Not Your Usual Founding Father

release date: Jan 01, 2007
Not Your Usual Founding Father
An eminent Franklin scholar introduces us to the gregarious founding father who would be a welcome guest at any dinner table This engaging book reveals Benjamin Franklin's human side--his tastes and habits, his enthusiasms, and his devotion to democracy and the people of the United States. Three hundred years after his birth, we may remember Franklin's famous Autobiography, or his status as framer of the Declaration of Independence and the peace with Great Britain, or his experiments in electricity, or perhaps his sage advice on diligence and thrift. But historian Edmund S. Morgan invites us to meet the man himself, a sociable, good-natured, and extraordinary human being with boundless curiosity about the natural world and a vision of what America could be. Drawing on lifelong research in the vast Franklin archives, Morgan assembles both famous and lesser-known writings that offer insights into this founding father's thinking. The book is organized around four major themes, each with an introduction. The first section includes journal excerpts and letters revealing Franklin's personal tastes and habits. The second is devoted to Franklin's inexhaustible intellectual energy and his scientific discoveries. The third and fourth chronicle his devotion to serving the people who became the United States both before and after the Revolution and to advancing his democratic vision of their future. Franklin's humanity and genius have never seemed more real than in the pages of this appealing anthology.

The Private Correspondence of Benjamin Franklin

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin

release date: Jan 01, 2011
The Papers of Benjamin Franklin
During the period of this volume, the United States of America completed its transformation into a fully recognized independent nation. In May, Franklin and his fellow American peace commissioners John Adams, John Jay, and Henry Laurens recommenced treaty negotiations with their new British counterpart David Hartley. Those negotiations proved fruitless, as the new British ministry rejected all proposals for additional articles. On September 3, 1783, the commissioners signed the Definitive Treaty of Peace, which was essentially identical to the preliminary articles signed the previous November. While this marked the official end of the War for American Independence, the nations of Europe had long since recognized the United States. In the spring, Franklin, as sole minister plenipotentiary, secretly negotiated draft commercial treaties with Denmark and Portugal. After being recognized by the diplomatic corps in early July, he received overtures from other ambassadors, including a proposal from the papal nuncio concerning American Catholics. Franklin published a French edition of the American state constitutions, which he sent to every monarch in Europe, witnessed the first hot-air balloon ascension, welcomed his grandson Benjamin Franklin Bache back from Geneva, and wrote to his friends that "There never was a good War or a bad Peace."

A Benjamin Franklin Reader

release date: Jan 01, 2003
A Benjamin Franklin Reader
A companion volume to Benjamin Franklin: An American Life presents a definitive version of Franklin's Autobiography along with a selection of some of his most important writings, including "The Art of Conversation" and "Rules for Promoting Matrimonial Happiness," all accompanied by a helpful introduction, commentary, and notes. 60,00 first printing.

Becoming Benjamin Franklin

release date: Jan 01, 1988
Becoming Benjamin Franklin
This is the first book to examine Franklin's Autobiography systematically in relation to the life history from which it was drawn. It also considers the Autobiography in terms of eighteenth-century conventions of autobiography and Enlightenment conceptions of the self. Seavey emphasizes the cultural and historical importance of Franklin as a writer. Unlike most historians' treatments of Franklin, this study sees Franklin's activity as author of his own life history as central to his importance, thus locating Franklin's life in the history of self-consciousness in the eighteenth century. Unlike conventional approaches to biography, Seavey's study sets apart the Autobiography and its provenance for special focus. However, like a biography, this is also a study of Franklin's personality as it developed from his birth is Boston to his death. His own self-understanding has posed a particular challenge to the students of his life. The great impediment to biographies of Franklin is that he took charge of the territory first. He was intensely aware of his own identity all his life, and this book takes a more comprehensive view of his writings as manifestation of a developing self.

Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings (LOA #37b)

release date: Jan 01, 1997
Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings (LOA #37b)
Collects Benjamin Franklin's best-known writings, both personal and public, arranged by period and place, and includes scholarly notes.

Benjamin Franklin, the Autobiography

release date: May 15, 2015
Benjamin Franklin, the Autobiography
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.' - Benjamin Franklin Best known for being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, Benjamin Franklin was also hailed as the first great philosopher and great man of letters of the New World. A man of wide-ranging interests, he gained renown as an author, printer, scientist, civic activist and diplomat - all the more creditable given that he had little by way of formal education. This book is an inspirational and unique account of one of the most versatile and talented men in colonial America.
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