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Book Title: Poor Richard's Almanacks|
The author of the book: Benjamin Franklin
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 763 KB
Edition: The Easton Press
Date of issue: 1965
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Read full description of the books Poor Richard's Almanacks:Peruse the bookshelves at the museum shop of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, and you will no doubt see this edition of Poor Richard's Almanack. It is great fun reading 77 pages' worth of Benjamin Franklin's maxims for industry, thrift, humility, and cheerfulness -- maxims that can be said to have done much to form our collective sense of the American character. This Peter Pauper Press edition of Poor Richard's Almanack, with its old-style typeface (much like what one sees in many of the documents for sale at shops in Colonial Williamsburg), its woodcut illustrations, the durable light-brown paper of the pages, does much to give one a nostalgic sense of stepping back into history, walking the streets of 18th-century Philadelphia in Franklin's entertaining company. At the same time, it is important to reflect that, when glancing through this fun volume, one is not really reading Poor Richard's Almanack as it was originally published. The original Almanack was, well, an almanac. Like the almanacs of today, Franklin's 1732-58 Almanack contained weather forecasts, legal and medical information, snatches of poetry, inspirational literature, recipes, games -- in short, many of the same things that almanacs contain nowadays. The aphorisms for which Poor Richard is best known nowadays appeared, quite literally, in the margins; the ever-enterprising Franklin squeezed maxims in wherever there was space, and the rest is history. This edition of Poor Richard's Almanack gives one only the maxims, including Franklin's List of Virtues from his Autobiography, and framed by a brief preface that acknowledges Franklin's debts to earlier writers. Overall, this is a highly pleasant and enjoyable presentation of Franklin's "Poor Richard" aphorisms, just as long as one does not think one is getting the entire Poor Richard's Almanack. "Forewarn'd, forearm'd."
Read information about the authorBenjamin Franklin was a writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, a Founding Father, an inventor, and publisher. He helped with the founding of the United States of America and changed the world with his discoveries about electricity. His writings such as Poor Richards' Almanac have provided wisdom for 17 years to the colonies.
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