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Life of Benjamin Franklin Volume 1
By J.A. Leo Lemay
Journalist 1706 - 1730
The first volume traces young Franklin's life to his 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.
568 pages 41 illus.
Cloth with Dustjacket
University of Pennsylvania Press 2005
Part of a 3 volume biography for the years 1706 - 1757 by veteran Franklin scholar Lemay. Originally published at $49.99 each. SALE! 10.99
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