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Books on Ben Franklin

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jul 9, 2011, 2:47 am

I've always rather admired Franklin, and am looking into starting a collection of books about and related to him. Thus far I have:

Benjamin Franklin: an American Life
Franklin: Writings
the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

the last is in a volume published by Black's Reader's Service which only contains the autobiography, sadly. The other Library of America volume for Franklin is obviously on my list, but what else should I be looking for?

Redigerat: aug 1, 2011, 6:22 pm

Keep a look out for:
H.W. Brands' The First American
Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren won the Pulitzer in 1939 for Biography and is still a classic book on Franklin
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon Wood
A Great Improvisation by Stacy Schiff
Benjamin Franklin by Edmund Morgan
Benjamin Franklin, Politician: The Mask and the Man

Unfortunately I don't have a lot of books on Franklin, and can't really suggest that many titles. I will be interested to see what others' have that I can add to my collection.

Redigerat: nov 24, 2011, 7:49 pm

Another collection of some of Franklin's writings is edited by Edmund Morgan, Not your usual founding father. One more biography to look for is Ronald Clark, Benjamin Franklin A Biography