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By Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
1706-1757

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself referred to as his Memoirs, is the incomplete list of his existence written among 1771 and 1790. It has turn into essentially the most recognized and influential autobiographies in background, and has been praised either as a ancient record and a section of literature in its personal correct. William Dean Howells declared that "Franklin's is among the maximum autobiographies in literature, and towers over different autobiographies as Franklin towered over different men."

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