A BENJAMIN FRANKLIN READER by Mathan G. Ed. Goodman

A BENJAMIN FRANKLIN READER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The inevitable comparison will be made between this and the Van Doren -- Benjamin Franklin's Autobiographical Writings (Viking -- see report P. 357). While this has the advantage in covering a wider range -- the Van Doren has every other advantage, -- Franklin virtually writes his own autobiography without benefit of interpreter (and Nathan Goodman has a distinctly sophomoric style -- in his biographical introduction); Franklin was so voluminous in his writings that this seems an intoxication of words -- the Van Doren focus on autobiographical material makes it more unified. Where Van Doren's editorial transitions simply supplement the text by weaving it into a whole, the Goodman interpolations at the beginning of each chapter make the reader constantly shift accent. All in all -- while this will be useful for reference, for reading I prefer the other.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1945
Publisher: Crowell