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Franklin of Philadelphia (Belknap Press S) Revised Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0674318106
ISBN-10: 0674318102
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From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

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
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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