Synopses & Reviews
A classic of eighteenth-century American history and literature, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography
has had an influence perhaps unequaled by any other book by an American writer. Written ostensibly as a letter to his son William, Franklin's Autobiography
offers his reflections on philosophy and religion, politics, war, education, material success, and the status of women.
Prepared by the editors of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin, this edition is drawn with scrupulous care from the original manuscript in Franklin's 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 Franklin's dual allegiance as an American and a subject of an English king—and his emergence as a leader of the American Revolution. This edition also includes biographical notes, a chronology of Franklin's life, and an updated bibliography.
Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. Unraveling the enigma of Franklin's character, Morgan shows that he was the rare individual who placed the public interest before his own desires. Includes a new Introduction by the author.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-325) and index.
The authoritative edition of Franklin's autobiography, now with a new foreword by the eminent Franklin scholar Edmund S. Morgan
About the Author
Edmund S. Morgan
is Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University. He is the author of Benjamin Franklin,
published by Yale University Press.