The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Date published: 
May 1993

This new edition of The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is built around J.A.Leo Lemay and P.M.Zall's definitive text. Louis P.Masur's introduction sets the work in its historical context. Masur also discusses America after Franklin and why the Autobiography has had such a tremendous impact on nineteenth-and twentieth-century society and culture. He prompts students to think critically about the text by raising fundamental issues, such as the inherent distortion that occurs in autobiography. The book also contains six portraits of Franklin, a Chronology of Franklin's life, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index. 'The introduction is full of valuable and necessary historical and biographical information as well as good, sound interpretation'. D.Levin, University of Virginia.