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Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography and Other Writings

By Benjamin Franklin

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| Library Binding | 9780833503497

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Famous as a scientist, statesman, philosopher, businessman, and civic leader, Benjamin Franklin was also one of the most powerful and controversial American writers of his time, and has been a subject of intense debate ever since: to Matthew Arnold, Continue

Famous as a scientist, statesman, philosopher, businessman, and civic leader, Benjamin Franklin was also one of the most powerful and controversial American writers of his time, and has been a subject of intense debate ever since: to Matthew Arnold, he exemplified "victorious good sense"; to D.H. Lawrence, he was "the first dummy American." Franklin's classic Autobiography is his last word on his greatest literary creation -- his own invented persona, the original incarnation of the American success story.

For the first time, the authoritative editions of works by major American novelists, poets, scholars, and essayists collected in the hardcover volumes of The Library of America are being published singly in a series of handsome and durable paperback books. A distinguished author has contributed an introduction for each volume, which also includes a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice of the text, and notes.

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    Ho adorato certi passaggi - davvero illuminanti e utili, educativi da un punto di vista morale e pratico - e trovato del tutto insignificanti altri. Nel complesso, sono rimasta del tutto colpita dalla poliedricità di quest'uomo: mille facce, una più ...(continue)

    Ho adorato certi passaggi - davvero illuminanti e utili, educativi da un punto di vista morale e pratico - e trovato del tutto insignificanti altri. Nel complesso, sono rimasta del tutto colpita dalla poliedricità di quest'uomo: mille facce, una più geniale dell'altra.
    Benjamin Franklin per me è sempre stato solo "quello del parafulmine" - e invece questo nella vita ha fatto cose che un uomo qualsiasi non riuscirebbe a fare nemmeno in cinque vite, probabilmente. Giornalista, tipografo, scienziato, inventore, politico - in tutti questi campi, uno dei migliori, più attivi e più influenti. E la cosa più sconcertante è che era autodidatta.
    Ma soprattutto, un uomo con un grandissimo senso civico, che metteva sempre i suoi talenti e la sua personalità al servizio dei suoi compatrioti. Un vero virtuoso.
    Nonostante le pecche, una lettura edificante.

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    Interesting read, but not nearly as good as I had ever hoped. I should have read a biography instead.

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    Rice Cooker said on Jul 24, 2011 | Add your feedback

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    This is one of the books I read to round out my classics list. I never had to read this and I thought Franklin would be someone I would enjoy. It was prophetic as I ended up having a fellowship at the Franklin Institute a few years later.

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    《富蘭克林自傳》大學時讀過一些。印象最深的是,富蘭克林修身謹嚴,以13項美德自許,要求自己飲食有度、避免言不及義,不一而足。美國文學課堂上, Kingsbury老師要我們注意,富氏為文,提及己過,常用 “Erratum”這字(複數形 “Errata”)。“Erratum”,原指手民之誤,引申為過失,有別於 “sin”,蓋犯了過失,猶可改正。富氏自言,冷落未婚妻Miss Read,致令他嫁,“[this] was another of the great Errata of my Life ” ( ...(continue)

    《富蘭克林自傳》大學時讀過一些。印象最深的是,富蘭克林修身謹嚴,以13項美德自許,要求自己飲食有度、避免言不及義,不一而足。美國文學課堂上, Kingsbury老師要我們注意,富氏為文,提及己過,常用 “Erratum”這字(複數形 “Errata”)。“Erratum”,原指手民之誤,引申為過失,有別於 “sin”,蓋犯了過失,猶可改正。富氏自言,冷落未婚妻Miss Read,致令他嫁,“[this] was another of the great Errata of my Life ” (92). Deborah Read 第一任婚姻並不美滿,丈夫棄家離去後,她與富蘭克林重拾舊情,《自傳》裡頭寫道:I [took] her to Wife Sept. 1. 1730 . . . Thus I corrected that great Erratum as well as I could (129).

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    南鵲 said on Feb 8, 2007 | Add your feedback

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