The four text edition is an essential item for future students of Benjamin Franklin, for here, in parallel columns are the texts of the original ""fair copy"", the W.T. Franklin edition (the usual authority), the Le Veillard edition, the Buisson edition (these two in French). Few of us knew -- or else had forgotten -- that the complete text of the Franklin autobiography was first published in France, and appeared in English some 80 years after his death. As source material, the parallel texts should prove valuable for scholars....For the general reader, the smaller volume, resulting from Max Farrand's research and his own conclusions as to Franklin's intent, should be welcome as an authoritative piece of scholarship, one of the vital links in our literary heritage. An Introduction offers some of the specific findings and background for reading of this classic autobiography of the famous man.