All Things Franklin
The scholarship on
Brands, H. W., The First American:
The Life and Times of
One of the very good
biographies published in the last ten years.
Brands lives in
Chaplain, Joyce E., The First
Scientific American: Benjamin
Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius.
The writer shows
Cohen, I. Bernard., Benjamin
Though this book
Cousins, Margaret, Ben
Franklin of Old
This children’s book has been in print for over fifty years.
Dray, Phillip, Stealing God’s
Thunder” Benjamin Franklin’s
Lightening Rod and the Invention of America.
Fruchtman, Jack, Atlantic
Cousins: Benjamin Franklin and His Visionary Friends.
Fruchtman tells of
how the Enlightenment and its many interesting visionaries influenced
Isaacson, Walter, Benjamin Franklin:
An American Life.
A former head of Time Magazine and CNN, the writer uses a breezy style in this general biography.
Japiske, Carl, Fart Proudly.
This slim volume
collects some of
Each of these
volumes is over five hundred pages and they cover only the first forty
Lemay, J. A. Leo,
This book collects many Franklin writings including letters, essays, newspaper articles, the compete autobiography and excerpts from Poor Richard’s Almanac, all providing a deep look into his many interests and his strong literary style.
This collection of
twenty-five essays explores most facets of
Lopez, Claude-Anne, Mon Cher
Papa: Franklin and the Ladies of
With a lyrical
style, Lopez explains how and why the ladies of
Lopez, Claude-Anne, My
Life with Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin and His Enemies.
The author shows how
Morgan, Edmund, Benjamin Franklin.
Morgan is a well-known and esteemed historian. The masterful first chapter is worth the price of the book.
A. A Sweet Instruction:
To this day
Schiff, Stacy. A Great
Improvisation: Franklin, France, and
theBbirth of America.
Schiff won a
Pulitzer Prize for an earlier book. In
this one, with a fine literary style, she details
Seavey, Ormond. Becoming Benjamin
Franklin: The Autobiography
and the Life.
Seavey tells how
Talbott, Page, ed., Benjamin
Franklin: In Search of a Better World.
collection of essays honors
Tise, Larry, ed., Benjamin
Franklin and Women.
These essays explore
Van Doren, Carl, Benjamin Franklin.
This book won the Pulitzer Prize as much for its encyclopedic range as for its great literary style.
This book explores the economy of the colonies and how slavery fit into it.
Walters, Kerry S., Benjamin
Franklin and his Gods.
This book explores the spiritual life of a man who belonged to no religion, but yet equated doing civic duties with spirituality.
Wood, Gordon, S., The
Americanization of Benjamin Franklin.
An author on many
books about colonial
Benjamin Franklin: Citizen of the World. A&E HomeDVD, 1994. Availabe at www.historychannel.com
An episode in A&E network’s Biography series, this brief 50 minute video is very informative.
Benjamin Franklin. History Channel DVD, 2003. Availabe at www.historychannel.com
This originally aired on the History Channel in 2003 and is much more comprehensive than the A&E video, as it is more than twice as long.
Benjamin Franklin. PBS DVD. Available at www.PBS.com
This three part series is a documentary that features Richard Easton, stage actor.
Franklin Tech. History Channel DVD, 2006. Availabe at www.historychannel.com
This fifty minute program, part of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels science series focuses on Franklin’s scientific work.
http://www.benfranklin300.org/ This is the website of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary which is celebrating in 2006 the three hundredth anniversary of his birth.
http://www.fi.edu/franklin/ Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, the city’s main science museum hosts this website about Franklin.
http://www.english.udel.edu/lemay/franklin/ This is scholar Leo J. A. Lemay’s website. It focuses on all facets of Franklin’s life.
http://www.pbs.org/benfranklin/ This website is the companion to PBS’s DVD, Benjamin Franklin.
http://bensguide.gpo.gov/benfranklin/index.html A U. S. Government website which has an animated Franklin explain government to children.
http://www.earlyamerica.com/lives/franklin/ This website, Archiving Early America, allows the viewer to read Franklin’s Autobiography on line.
http://library.thinkquest.org/22254/home.htm Though it isn’t clear who hosts the website, it is very through with a detailed list of references.
Quotations Page offers snappy, humorous, and deep words by Franklin.