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  • Benjamin Franklins Book Of Virtues

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    From 1771 to his death in 1790, Benjamin Franklin was in the process of writing what he referred to as his Memoirs. Portions of the unfinished work were published posthumously as Memoirs of the Private Life of Benjamin Franklin, first in French in 1791, and then in English in 1793. Today the complete unfinished manuscript is known as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and is considered one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written. In the heart of the work, Franklin wrote of his “bold and arduous Project of arriving at Perfection” when he was a young man. He prepared a list of thirteen virtues he wished to perfect in himself, and created a chart in which to keep track of his shortcomings. Among Franklin’s list of virtues were personal traits (frugality, moderation, tranquility) and social traits (sincerity, justice, humility). Franklin strayed from the virtuous path on many occasions, and discovered perfection was an impossible thing to achieve, but felt a better man for the effort. Applewood Books now offers Benjamin Franklin’s Book of Virtues as Franklin intended it – a beautiful little hardcover, complete with the list of thirteen virtues and a chart to monitor one’s own progress.

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  • Art Of Procuring Pleasant Dreams

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    Founding Father and all-around Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin considered and wrote about many topics. In this essay from 1786 on restful sleep, Franklin advises exercise before meals, moderate eating (full feeding, occasions nightmares and horrors inexpressible; we fall from precipices, are assaulted by wild beasts, murderers, and demons, and experience every variety of distress), and fresh air in the sleep chamber, to avoid perspiring in a hot bed. Most importantly, he says, one must be sure to preserve a Good Conscience. This short work is part of Applewood’s American Roots,? series, tactile mementos of American passions by some of America’s most famous writers.

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  • Queries And Quandaries

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    After Franklin’s death, there was a call for a work to be produced from the pages of the venerable “American Christian Review” showing his wit and wisdom in dealing with some of the tough questions posed to him by his readers. This volume is a response to that call. In each issue of the Review, questions would be printed along with his answers. Although this is now a common practice by editors, Franklin was among the first to use this format to reach out to his readers. It is hoped that this small volume will bring that innovative sense to modern readers.

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  • Autobiography Of Benjamin Franklin 1706-1757

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    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a torturous publication history after Franklin’s death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written.

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  • Quotations Of Benjamin Franklin

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    Witty and wise commentary about money, life, and the events of the day from one of America’s first bestselling authors. Featuring a portrait of the author on the front cover with his signature printed below in gold foil, this classic collection of Franklin quotes will inspire anyone who opens its covers.

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  • Poor Richard 1733 An Almanack

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    Benjamin Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanack was first published in 1733. Facing heavy competition from similar publications, Franklin took the unusual and controversial approach of injecting witty, unexpected entries between standard tables of tides, planetary motion, weather predictions and other facts. In the debut edition, faithfully reproduced here, he included under the heading Principal Kings of Europe, “Poor Richard, an American Prince, without subjects, his wife being Viceroy over him, born October 23, 1684, age 49.” The Almanack went on to become the most popular book of it’s kind in colonial America and was published annually for the next 25 years. This facsimile offers a unique and entertaining look at 18th century American life and humor.

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