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date: 23 June 2021

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Benjamin Franklin began writing his autobiography in 1771 and returned to the task periodically until he died in 1790. In this selection from the first pages, he describes how he came to read and write with the flair that made him one of the eighteenth century’s leading men of letters. The excerpt provides some insight into life in the first half of the eighteenth century in Boston, Massachusetts, despite the fact that it was written at a much later date.

Source: Benjamin Franklin, The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Rockville, MD: Arc Manor, 2008), pp. 15–17.

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