The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Journal of John Woolman, Fruits of Solitude of William Penn


Author:  Benjamin Franklin, John Woolman and William Penn

Collection: The Harvard Classics Vol. 1

Publisher: P. F. Collier & Son Corporation  

Editor: Charles W. Eliot, LL.D.

Pages: 395

Year: 1969

Condition: Used. Like new. Hardcover.   

Benjamin Franklin, His Autobiography; The Journal of John Woolman; Some Fruits of Solitude, in Reflections and Maxims, Part I; More Fruits of Solitude, being the Second Part of Reflections and Maxims. With introductions and notes.

Explore Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography and take a lively trip through his unique and eventful life. Virtually self-taught, Franklin excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and is one of the most successful diplomats in American history. Stylistically considered his best work, the text has become a classic in world literature.

The Journal of John Woolman tells the powerful story of John Woolman’s life. Woolman was a seventeenth-century Quaker and abolitionist and his writing focuses on his moral, spiritual, and intellectual development. In particular, the journal depicts Woolman’s deep concern for equality and justice, and restoration in the world around him. He was an open advocate of abolition, and encouraged many to free their slaves. But his influence extended beyond the Quakers. This journal has been continuously published since 1774 - a true testimony to the significance and impact of his life.

In 1693, William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, published Fruits of Solitude as “an enchiridion,” or life manual. The book is quiet and pensive, filled with the power of Penn’s wisdom through his bright and simple maxims. Though written over 300 years ago, Penn’s work offers timeless advice on such topics as friendship, education, religion, and family. With Introductions and Notes.

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