It is recognized from the introduction to The Autobiography that Franklin â€œhelped establish a tradition in American writing of the simple, utilitarian style,â€ and that the work itself is â€œAmericanâ€™s first great book.â€
One of the elements of the workâ€™s greatness is exemplified by specific storytelling techniques.Of these techniques, we see Franklin organizes his writing partially in the letter-form.Consider the tone of The Autobiography and the thoughts in â€œBenjamin Franklin Slept Here.â€ What does omission of certain details do to the story itself?Does it make it less true?
Think about how you might share a story with someone you donâ€™t know personally.Briefly explain why you might leave out certain details.
Benner Roach, H. (Apr., 1960). Benjamin Franklin Slept Here.The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography.84( 2), 127 â€“ 174.Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/20089285
Franklin, Benjamin. (2003). Fart proudly: writings of benjamin franklin you never read in school. Japikse, C. (Ed). Berkeley, CA: Frog, Ltd.
McMichael, G. L., & Leonard, J. S. (2010). Concise Anthology of American Literature. Boston: Longman.