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Benjamin Franklin - American Writers 19

Benjamin Franklin - American Writers 19: University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers

Copyright Date: 1962
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 48
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    Benjamin Franklin - American Writers 19
    Book Description:

    Benjamin Franklin. To meet a need which had been felt for some time both in the United States and abroad, the pamphlet series, the University of Minnesota Pamphlets on American Writers, was established in 1959. By providing readable critical introductions to American Writers, the pamphlets were designed to meet the needs and tastes of mature students and readers of imaginative literature throughout the world.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-5204-4
    Subjects: History

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  1. Benjamin Franklin
    (pp. 5-45)

    Nothing goes by luck in composition,” Thoreau remarked in his journal in 1841. “It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are. Every sentence is the result of a long probation. The author’s character is read from title-page to end.”

    The Comte de Buffon is supposed to have meant much the same thing by his statement that the style is the man, and the concept is held in general esteem. It presents some difficulties, however, when applied to Benjamin Franklin, a man whose character remains mysterious and whose voluminous writings are full of...