Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by James Parton

Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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Print Length: 782 pages.
Language: English.
ASIN: B0743LC91R.
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Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

"The most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become." – Walter Isaacson

Written by one of the leading biographers of his time time, The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin is a unique and compelling account of the life of Benjamin Franklin.

Founding father, author, inventor, printer and revolutionary, Franklin was a gifted polymath and one of the most important men of the 18th century. Parton’s literary-inspired biography manages to add even more interest to Franklin’s already hugely varied life.

With special access to Franklin’s letters, diaries and his unfinished autobiography, Parton provides a deeply informative and intimate portrait of the statesman, with first-hand commentary on everything from the famed kite and key scene to his time in London and Paris, fighting for the revolution.

James Parton (1822-1891) moved with his family from England to the United States when he was five years old. After studying in New York and becoming a schoolmaster there and in Philadelphia, Parton started his writing career. He focused on the lives of the great men and women of his day, such as Thomas Jefferson, Horace Greeley, Voltaire and Benjamin Franklin. Imbuing traditional biographies with stylistic qualities borrowed from fiction, his novel approach quickly earned him a spot as the most popular biographer of his day. Harriet Beecher Stowe thanked him "for the pleasure you have given me in biographical works which you have had the faculty of making more interesting than romance—(let me trust it is not by making them in part works of imagination)."

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