October 12 2012
Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings Book Review
American hero, Benjamin Franklin was a man of many careers and hobbies. Franklin was an author, scientist, publisher, politician, inventor, printer, and diplomat. Franklin was born in Boston, Massachusetts in the beginning of the 18th century. As an adolescent Franklin’s goal in life was to become a minister until his passion for reading and writing excelled. At the young age of seventeen he had moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after a fight with his brother James, which caused young Franklin to have to leave Boston in order to find work. In Philadelphia he met a printer named Andrew Bradford who couldn’t have him work for him but could provide housing for him in this new and foreign city. Bradford also introduces Franklin to a man named Keimer who is a printer and has work for him. However, Franklin becomes popular in this new city he’d traveled to and moves in with a man named John Read.
While living in Philadelphia Franklin’s brother-in-law writes to him and when Franklin responds his brother-in-law he shows Franklin’s response letter to the Governor of Pennsylvania, William Keith who is extremely impressed with Franklin’s ability to write. Keith offers to help Franklin start his own publishing house but first Franklin wants to travel to London. He became very successful in his writing and printing in London and made a decent amount of money but soon he realized he needed to go back to Philadelphia. When returning home Franklin learns Keith is no longer a governor and is just an ordinary citizen and he continues to work for Keimer and eventually takes over Keimer’s printing house with a plan to start a newspaper using all of the printing supplies he had from London. Franklin was always interested in meeting new people. When Keimer moves to New Jersey for work, Franklin joins him for that very reason. At this time he forms the Junto, which is a group that discusses...
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