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By Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
1706-1757

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, which Franklin himself known as his Memoirs, is the incomplete list of his existence written among 1771 and 1790. It has develop into essentially the most recognized and influential autobiographies in background, and has been praised either as a historic rfile and a bit of literature in its personal correct. William Dean Howells declared that "Franklin's is without doubt one of the maximum autobiographies in literature, and towers over different autobiographies as Franklin towered over different men."

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