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The Resource The unfinished life of Benjamin Franklin, Douglas Anderson, (electronic resource)

The unfinished life of Benjamin Franklin, Douglas Anderson, (electronic resource)

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The unfinished life of Benjamin Franklin
Title
The unfinished life of Benjamin Franklin
Statement of responsibility
Douglas Anderson
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Benjamin Franklin wrote his posthumously published memoir--a model of the genre--in several pieces and in different temporal and physical places. Douglas Anderson's study of this work reveals the famed inventor as a literary adept whose approach to autobiographical narrative was as innovative and radical as the inventions and political thought for which he is renowned. Franklin never completed his autobiography, choosing instead to immerse his reader in the formal and textual atmosphere of a deliberately "unfinished" life. Taking this decision on Franklin's part as a starting point, Anderson treats the memoir as a subtle and rewarding reading lesson, independent of the famous life that it dramatizes but closely linked to the work of predecessors and successors like John Bunyan or Alexis de Tocqueville, whose books help illuminate Franklin's complex imagination. Anderson shows that Franklin's incomplete story exploits the disorderly and disruptive state of a lived life, as opposed to striving for the meticulous finish of standard memoirs, biographies, and histories. In presenting Franklin's autobiography as an exemplary formal experiment in an era that its author once called the Age of Experiments, The Unfinished Life of Benjamin Franklin veers from the familiar practices of traditional biographers, viewing history through the lens of the literary imagination rather than the other way around. Anderson's carefully considered work makes a persuasive case for revisiting this celebrated book with a keener appreciation for the subtlety and beauty of Franklin's performance
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1950-
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Anderson, Douglas
Dewey number
  • 973.3/092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Statesmen
Label
The unfinished life of Benjamin Franklin, Douglas Anderson, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: accident and design -- Great works and little anecdotes -- Imposing forms -- The scramble of life -- Litera scripta manet -- Some uses of cunning
Control code
ocn809317399
Extent
1 online resource (224 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421406138
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)809317399
Label
The unfinished life of Benjamin Franklin, Douglas Anderson, (electronic resource)
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Introduction: accident and design -- Great works and little anecdotes -- Imposing forms -- The scramble of life -- Litera scripta manet -- Some uses of cunning
Control code
ocn809317399
Extent
1 online resource (224 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781421406138
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)809317399

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