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Unformatted text preview: Franklin believed that good writing was smooth, clear, and short. It is an amusing commentary on the lesser talents of his critics that they have needed so many words "simple," "clear," "terse," "limpid," "economical," "plain," etc. to say that Franklin's prose met his personal criteria. The simplicity of the style is so dominant a characteristic, in fact, that the major efforts of some critics are spent pointing out exceptions to the rule. Some versions of the Autobiography do contain complex, unclear sentences, for example: Having emerged from the poverty and obscurity in which I was born and bred to a state of affluence and some degree of reputation in the world, and having gone so far through life with a considerable share of felicity, the conducing means I made use of, which, with the blessing of God, so well succeeded, my posterity may like to know, as they may find some of them suitable to their own...
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- Fall '09