Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, printer, scientist, statesman, wrote an  Autobiography  that poses a  riddle never completely solved: How could such an incomplete, disjointed, inaccurate, mangled  manuscript be so perennially popular? Translated into dozens of languages and reprinted in  hundreds of editions, it continues to be one of the most successful books of all time, even though  Franklin himself is sometimes viewed with suspicion by the haters of industry and frugality. An  answer to the riddle of the  Autobiography  is partially hinted at by the ways in which it has been  described, for if it has not been all things to all men, it has at least been remarkable to most men  who have read it. Its most admired qualities have changed as fashions, philosophies, and needs  have changed. But, significantly, the book continues to survive such changes. For the diminishing numbers interested in obtaining moral instruction through their entertainment — 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 1320 taught by Professor Bost during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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