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The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 1: Journalist, 17061730
 
 
Author
J.A. Leo Lemay.
Publisher University of Pennsylvania Press  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.6 inches
ISBN 9780812238549
Pages/Publication Date 549/2006
Daedalus Item Code 40301
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The first volume of The Life of Benjamin Franklin traces young Franklin's life to his common-law marriage in 1730. It traces the New England religious, political, and cultural contexts, exploring previously unknown influences on his philosophy and writing, and attributing new writings to him. After his move to Philadelphia, made famous in his Autobiography, Franklin became the Water American in London in 1725, where he was welcomed into that city's circle of freethinkers. Upon his return to the colonies, the sociable Franklin created a group of young friends, the Junto, devoted to self-improvement and philanthropy. He also started his own press and began to edit and publish the Pennsylvania Gazette, which became the most popular American paper of its day and the first to consistently feature American news. Leading Franklin scholar Leo Lamay saw published the first two books of his proposed seven-volume biography before his death in 2008; the third was released posthumously the following year. Together, they take Franklin from his birth in 1706 Boston through his 50th year, as he is sent to England to advocate for Pennsylvania.

"A labor of love balanced by thoughtful criticism. There is nothing like it."American Historical Review

"Lemay's magnificent opus manages to be accessible and interesting for the general reader while also valuable for the specialist.... For readers who want to luxuriate in the life and times of a fascinating man and who enjoy seeing how an expert historian examines evidence and reaches conclusions, this biography is indispensable."Library Journal (starred review)

 
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