Franklin's writings span a long and distinguished career of
literary, scientific, and political inquiry--the work of a man
whose life lasted for nearly all of the 18th century, and whose
achievements ranged from inventing the lightning rod to publishing
Poor Richard's Almanac to signing the Declaration of Independence.
In his own lifetime, Franklin knew prominence not only in America
but also in Britain and France. Here was a cosmopolitan statesman,
public servant, inventor, and editor with a distinctly Yankee
sensibility; here was a moral philosopher who divided his faith
between the natural sciences and the American experiment. This
volume includes Franklin's reflections on such diverse issues as
reason and religion, social status, electricity, America's national
character and characters, war, and the societal status of women.
Also included is a new transcription of his 1726 journal, and
several pieces that have only recently been identified as