The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 2

Representing a lifetime of research, this seven-volume biography will give readers an unmatched resource for understanding Benjamin Franklin's character and place in American history. This second volume chronicles the years of Franklin's success in printing and publishing, including his interest in technology and science.

The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 2
Printer and Publisher, 1730-1747

J. A. Leo Lemay

2005 | 664 pages | Cloth $49.95
Biography | American History
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface

PART I. A NEW LIFE, AGE 24 TO 30 (1730-1736)
1. Personal and Business Life
2. The Art of Virtue
3. Freemason
4. The Library Company of Philadelphia
5. Man of Letters
6. Politics, Religion and the Rivalry with Bradford, 1732
7. Poor Richard's Prefaces, 1733-1747
8. Poor Richard's Proverbs
9. Franklin and Politics, 1730-1736
10. The Hemphill Controversy
11. Assessing Franklin as a Young Man, Age 24 to 30

PART II. EXPANDING PERSONAL INTERESTS, AGE 30 THROUGH 41 (1736-1747)
12. Personal Life
13. The Assembly Clerk and Pennsylvania Politics
14. Firefighter
15. Earning a Living: Printer, Publisher, Merchant, Bookseller and Postmaster
16. Concerned Citizen
17. George Whitefield and the Great Awakening
18. Natural Philosophy
19. Satires and Other Writings, 1736-1747
20. Assessing Franklin, Age 30 through 41

Appendices
1. New Attributions
2. Franklin's Organizations: Dates and Locations of Meetings, 1727-1747
3. Pennsylvania Assembly: Pay to Franklin
4. Sample Wages and Prices in Colonial Philadelphia
Sources, Documentation, Dates
Abbreviated References

Notes
Index
Acknowledgments