Franklin of Philadelphia (Belknap Press S)

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ISBN-13: 978-0674318106
ISBN-10: 0674318102
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Wright's life of Benjamin Franklin is authoritative, readable and filled with a contagious fascination with the philosopher, reformer, publisher, scientist, politician and statesman deemed the greatest American of his time. Drawing on the Franklin papers at Yale, Wright, a professor at London University, examines the many, often self-contradictory aspects of this "child of Boston, of Puritanism, and of the Enlightenment" as he progressed, in free-spirit fashion, from successful businessman, to celebrated Anglo-American, to organizer of a revolution. Balanced and thorough, the book portrays Franklin, "the most modern-minded" of the Founding Fathers, as a cool, charming, stylish, inquisitive figure, who "became the parts he played" but held back enough to remain a bit elusive even now. This is a biography that will delight anyone interested in Franklin. Photos not seen by PW.
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This important biography, by a distinguished British scholar, is the first full treatment of Franklin's life since Carl Van Doren's (1938). Wright presents a wholly human and understandable Franklin, concentrating on the evolution of his political thought and actions (e.g., as a "reluctant rebel"), and detailing his contributions as the "true architect" of America's alliance with France (1778) and the "major engineer" of the peace settlement with Britain (1783). Wright is quite effective in placing Franklin in the context of his times and reconciling the public and private Franklin for modern readers. Enlivened by judicious quotations and fine illustrations, this biography deserves wide public and scholarly attention. Highly recommended for public and academic libraries. Roy H. Try on, Delaware State Archives, Dover
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Product Details

  • Series: Belknap Press S
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Belknap Press (October 15, 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674318102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674318106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Khemprof TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2002
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Franklin of Philadelphia by Esmond Wright is an enlightening book. The author gives the reader a good look into the life of Franklin.
The book is most delightful in and of itself of one of the best loved of the Founding Fathers. We delve into the mind of Franklin and we see him as a printer, author, businessman, philospher, and of course a crafty politician. He was a reluctant revolutionary, but Franklin was more, as we read in the book.
A man many thought as brilliant for his time, Franklin was devious and a man of charm. We see the multi-faceted Franklin in his true light. A man who loved attention and knew how to obtain it.
Franklin lived for 84 years through one of the most turbulent times in American History. He genious transcended to inventions to worldly wisdom... all caught poignantly in the book. I enjoyed reading this book because Franklin has been always one of most original of the Founding Fathers. As Thomas Jeferson said upon following Franklin in France... He could not replace Dr. Franklin, he was only his successor.
This book is well documented and comprehensive with good prose and flowing narative.
This book was enjoyable... I recommend it
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