|Benjamin Franklin. Poor Richard's Almanac.|
|Elibron Classics, 2000, 41 pages.|
ISBN 9780543728302 paperback
ISBN 9780543728296 hardcover
|Benjamin Franklin borrowed liberally from those around him in penning this most illustrious of American almanacks. Franklin borrowed from contemporary almanacker Titan Leeds (whom Poor Richard's hoaxed by predicting his death) for format; he chose the title Poor Richard's after the English almanack Poor Robin's, and he used the name of Richard Saunders, the English editor of Apollo Anglicanus, as his pen name. Franklin's witty maxims and irrepressible humor, however, are all his own - presenting such unforgettable adages as ‘Make haste slowly' and ‘God helps them that helps themselves.'|
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|Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), list of works|
|Diplomat, journalist, inventor, philosopher, scientist, philanthropist - Benjamin Franklin's fecund intellect and persistent frugality yielded writings, inventions, and political progress in an amount surpassing all of his contemporaries. In his diplomatic capacity, Franklin negotiated several crucial points with Great Britain, and won acclaim in France for his charming wit. Franklin began working at age ten, so the knowledge that enabled him to write political criticism and articles on living well, as well as to study natural phenomena and develop numerous inventions, was the product of self-instruction. His best-known written works are Poore Richard's Almanack, a collection of aphorisms for living productively, and his unfinished Autobiography, in which he describes the events and principles which guided his life's work.|
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