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Benjamin Franklin

Diplomat, Inventor, Scientist (17-Jan-1706 — 17-Apr-1790)


Alfred Owen Aldridge. Benjamin Franklin: Philosopher & Man. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Co.. 1965. 438pp.

Richard E. Amacher. Benjamin Franklin. New York: Twayne. 1962. 192pp.

Brian M. Barbour (editor). Benjamin Franklin: A Collection of Critical Essays. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. 1979. 179pp.

Catherine Drinker Bowen. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Scenes from the Life of Benjamin Franklin. Boston, MA: Little, Brown. 1974. 274pp.

H. W. Brands. The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. Doubleday. 2000. 768pp.

William Cabell Bruce. Benjamin Franklin Self-Revealed: A Biographical and Critical Study Based Mainly on His Own Writings. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1917. (2 vols.) 544pp. + 553pp.

James Campbell. Recovering Benjamin Franklin: An Exploration of a Life of Science and Service. Open Court Publishing Company. 1998. 302pp.

Joyce E. Chaplin. The First Scientist: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius. Basic Books. 2006.

Ronald W. Clark. Benjamin Franklin: A Biography. New York: Random House. 1983. 530pp.

Paul W. Conner. Poor Richard's Politicks: Benjamin Franklin and His New American Order. New York: Oxford University Press. 1965. 285pp.

Cecil B. Currey. Code Number 72: Ben Franklin: A Patriot or Spy. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall. 1972. 331pp.

Carl Van Doren. Benjamin Franklin. New York: The Viking Press. 1938. (3 vols.) 845pp.

Philip Dray. Stealing God's Thunder: Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod and the Invention of America. Random House. 2005. 279pp.

Jonathan R. Dull. Benjamin Franklin and the American Revolution. University of Nebraska Press. 2010. 184pp.

Thomas Fleming. The Man Who Dared the Lightning: A New Look at Benjamin Franklin. New York: William Morrow and Company. 1971. 532pp.

Paul Leister Ford. Franklin Bibliography: A List of Books Written by, or Relating to Benjamin Franklin. 1889. 467pp.

Worthington Chauncey Ford. List of the Benjamin Franklin Papers in the Library of Congress. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office. 1905. 322pp.

Benjamin Franklin. The Private Life of the Late Benjamin Franklin, LL.D.. London: J. Parsons. 1793. 324pp.

Benjamin Franklin. Memoires De La Vie Privee De Benjamin Franklin, Ecrits Part Lui-Meme, et Adresses a Son Fils. Paris, France: Chez Buisson. 1791. 156pp. + 207pp. The first edition of his Autobiography, written in French.

Ralph Frasca. Benjamin Franklin's Printing Network: Disseminating Virtue in Early America. University of Missouri Press. 2006. 295pp.

Jack Fruchtman, Jr.. Atlantic Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends. New York: Thunder's Mouth Press. 2005.

Bruce Ingham Granger. Benjamin Franklin: An American Man of Letters. Cornell University Press. 1964. 264pp.

William S. Hanna. Benjamin Franklin and Pennsylvania Politics. Stanford University Press. 1964. 239pp.

Theodore Hornberger. Benjamin Franklin. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. 1962. 48pp.

Nian-Sheng Huang. Benjamin Franklin in American Thought and Culture 1790-1990. Canton, MA: American Philosophical Society. 1994.

Walter Isaacson. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. New York: Simon & Schuster. 2003.

Francis Jennings. Benjamin Franklin, Politician: The Mask and the Man. New York: W. W. Norton. 1996.

Francis Jennings. Benjamin Franklin: Politician. New York: W. W. Norton. 1996. 240pp.

J. A. Leo Lemay. The Life of Benjamin Franklin: Journalist 1706-1730: Volume I. University of Pennsylvania Press. 2005. 549pp.

J. A. Leo Lemay. The Life of Benjamin Franklin: Printer and Publisher, 1730-1747: Volume II. University Of Pennsylvania Press. 2005. 640pp.

John Bach McMaster. Benjamin Franklin as a Man of Letters. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin. 1887. 293pp.

Robert Middlekauff. Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies. University of California Press. 1996.

C. William Miller. Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia Printing: A Descriptive Bibliography. Philadelphia, PA: American Philosophical Society. 1974.

David T. Morgan. The Devious Dr. Franklin, Colonial Agent: Benjamin Franklin's Years in London. Mercer University Press. 1996. 273pp.

Edmund S. Morgan. Benjamin Franklin. Yale University Press. 2002. 339pp.

J. T. Morse. Benjamin Franklin. 1889.

Barbara B. Oberg. Benjamin Franklin, Jonathan Edwards and the Representation of American Culture. Oxford University Press. 1993. 240pp.

Lester C. Olson. Benjamin Franklin's Vision of American Community: A Study in Rhetorical Iconology. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina Press. 2004. 323pp.

James Parton. Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin. Boston and New York: Mason Bros./Mason & Hamlin. 1864. (2 vols.)

Paul C. Pasles. Benjamin Franklin's Numbers: An Unsung Mathematical Odyssey. Princeton University Press. 2008. 254pp.

Robert F. Sayre. Examined Self: Benjamin Franklin, Henry Adams, Henry James. Princeton University Press. 1964. 212pp.

Stacy Schiff. A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. New York: Henry Holt and Co.. 2005. 489pp.

Michael Brian Schiffer. Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment. University of California Press. 2003. 397pp.

David Schoenbrun. Triumph in Paris: The Exploits of Benjamin Franklin. New York: Harper & Row. 1976. 420pp.

Sheila L. Skemp. Benjamin and William Franklin: Father and Son, Patriot and Loyalist. Bedford/St. Martin's Press. 1994. 205pp.

Larry E. Tise (editor). Benjamin Franklin and Women. Pennsylvania State University Press. 2000. 184pp.

Arthur Bernon Tourtellot. Benjamin Franklin: The Shaping of Genius: The Boston Years. Doubleday. 1977.

Jerry Weinberger. Benjamin Franklin Unmasked: On the Unity of His Moral, Religious, and Political Thought. University Press of Kansas. 2005. 336pp.

Gordon S. Wood. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin. Penguin. 2004. 320pp.

Esmond Wright. Franklin of Philadelphia. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University. 1986. 404pp.


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  1. NNDB [link]

  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  5. Encyclopaedia Britannica 11th Edition

  6. Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of American Writers

  7. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.395)

  8. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.541)

  9. Webster's American Biographies (p.362)

  10. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.262)

  11. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature (p.146)

  12. American Authors 1600-1900 (pp.285-87)

  13. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.366)

  14. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.251)

  15. Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, 8th Edition (p.316)

  16. Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology (p.118)

  17. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientific Biography (p.250)

  18. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.186)

  19. Concise Biographical Dictionary of Famous Men and Women (p.222)

  20. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (pp.310-13)

  21. Hutchinson Dictionary of Scientists (p.177)

  22. The Hutchinson Dictionary of Ideas (p.204)

  23. Notable U.S. Ambassadors Since 1775 (pp.106-111)

  24. The World Almanac Biographical Dictionary (p.172)

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