He starts with some anecdotes of his grandfather, uncles, father and mother. He deals with his childhood, his fondness for reading, and his service as an apprentice to his brother James Franklina Boston printer and the publisher of the New England Courant. After improving his writing skills through study of the Spectator by Joseph Addison and Sir Richard Steelehe writes an anonymous paper and slips it under the door of the printing house by night. Not knowing its author, James and his friends praise the paper and it is published in the Courant, which encourages Ben to produce more essays the " Silence Dogood " essays which are also published.
Early life in Boston Franklin's birthplace on Milk StreetBoston, Massachusetts Franklin's birthplace site directly across from the Old South Meeting House is commemorated by a bust atop the second floor facade of this building. Among Benjamin's siblings were his older brother James and his younger sister Jane.
Josiah wanted Ben to attend school with the clergy, but only had enough money to send him to school for two years.
He attended Boston Latin School but did not graduate; he continued his education through voracious reading. Although "his parents talked of the church as a career"  for Franklin, his schooling ended when he was ten.
He worked for his father for a time, and at 12 he became an apprentice to his brother James, a printer, who taught Ben the printing trade. When Ben was 15, James founded The New-England Courantwhich was the first truly independent newspaper in the colonies.
When denied the chance to write a letter to the paper for publication, Franklin adopted the pseudonym of " Silence Dogood ", a middle-aged widow. Dogood's letters were published, and became a subject of conversation around town.
Neither James nor the Courant's readers were aware of the ruse, and James was unhappy with Ben when he discovered the popular correspondent was his younger brother. Franklin was an advocate of free speech from an early age.
When his brother was jailed for three weeks in for publishing material unflattering to the governor, young Franklin took over the newspaper and had Mrs.
Dogood quoting Cato's Letters proclaim: When he first arrived, he worked in several printer shops around town, but he was not satisfied by the immediate prospects. After a few months, while working in a printing house, Franklin was convinced by Pennsylvania Governor Sir William Keith to go to London, ostensibly to acquire the equipment necessary for establishing another newspaper in Philadelphia.
Benjamin Franklin began writing his autobiography in for the benefit of his son William. When he died in , the work was unfinished. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was first published in France in , and in England in Benjamin secretly contributed 14 essays to it, his first published writings. In , because of dissension with his half-brother, Franklin moved to Philadelphia, where he obtained employment as a printer. Franklin believed in a simple, clear and smooth way of communication and Benjamin Franklin writings portrayed his likings. Simplicity being the dominant characteristic of the writings by Benjamin Franklin attracted the not-so-educated readers of that age.
Finding Keith's promises of backing a newspaper empty, Franklin worked as a typesetter in a printer's shop in what is now the Church of St Bartholomew-the-Great in the Smithfield area of London. Following this, he returned to Philadelphia in with the help of Thomas Denham, a merchant who employed Franklin as clerk, shopkeeper, and bookkeeper in his business.
The members created a library initially assembled from their own books after Franklin wrote: A proposition was made by me that since our books were often referr'd to in our disquisitions upon the inquiries, it might be convenient for us to have them altogether where we met, that upon occasion they might be consulted; and by thus clubbing our books to a common library, we should, while we lik'd to keep them together, have each of us the advantage of using the books of all the other members, which would be nearly as beneficial as if each owned the whole.
Franklin conceived the idea of a subscription librarywhich would pool the funds of the members to buy books for all to read.
This was the birth of the Library Company of Philadelphia: InFranklin hired the first American librarian, Louis Timothee. The Library Company is now a great scholarly and research library.Benjamin Franklin was frequently consulted by Thomas Paine for advice and suggestions regarding his political writings, and Franklin assisted Paine with some of his famous essays.
This letter 1 is Franklin’s response to a manuscript Paine sent him that advocated against the concept of a providential God. Guests examined the history of the pre-revolutionary era and Early Republic through the writings of Benjamin Franklin, publisher, scientist and early-American kaja-net.comin wrote a number of.
About the Papers of Benjamin Franklin. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin is a collaborative undertaking by a team of scholars at Yale University to collect, edit, and publish a comprehensive, annotated edition of Franklin’s writings and papers: everything he wrote and almost everything he received.
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Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School by. Benjamin Franklin, Carl Japikse (Editor). Benjamin Franklin, the Writer Benjamin Franklin loved to read.
When he was young, he borrowed books from anyone who would lend them. He read about all kinds of subjects.
Franklin also wanted to write, but he didn't know how. He only had two years of school, so he taught himself. He found stories that he liked and rewrote them. Nov 09, · Watch video · One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin () was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and diplomat.
Born into a Boston family of modest means.