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Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

His Life as He Wrote It

Edited by Esmond Wright

ISBN 9780674066557

Publication date: 10/01/1996

Ever the chronicler and teacher, Franklin wrote an autobiography, ostensibly for his illegitimate son William. Apart from hurried additions when he was in his eighties, his story halts at 1757. Tracing his footsteps centuries later, Franklin’s most celebrated biographer completes the last twenty-five years of the autobiography by drawing on Franklin’s most personal and insightful letters and writings—even making additions within the interrupted Autobiography to give us the expository memoir that Franklin intended. Indeed, as he wrote it.


  • Wright has chosen passages that reveal Franklin’s daily life and public career, his wit and wisdom, and Wright gives continuity to them with brief introductions and comments.

    —Edmund S. Morgan, New York Review of Books


  • Esmond Wright is Professor of History, Emeritus, University of London.

Book Details

  • 312 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press