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Hello guys,

A sentence says "Franklin wrote the Autobiography as an old man, considered a great man"

I think it says that Franklin wrote this book by using an old man as its character. But my friend says that he wrote this book when he was old.

Pls clarify which one is correct.

Thanks,

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beeja said:
Hello guys,

A sentence says "Franklin wrote the Autobiography as an old man, considered a great man"

I think it says that Franklin wrote this book by using an old man as its character. But my friend says that he wrote this book when he was old.

Pls clarify which one is correct.

Thanks,

:roll:

I don't get the last part, ..., considered a great man. It just doesn't fit. :(

Franklin wasn't pretending to be an old man; he was an old man when he wrote his autobiography.

Note, An autobiography is a written account of one's own life. :wink:

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Casiopea said:
beeja said:
Hello guys,

A sentence says "Franklin wrote the Autobiography as an old man, considered a great man"

I think it says that Franklin wrote this book by using an old man as its character. But my friend says that he wrote this book when he was old.

Pls clarify which one is correct.

Thanks,

:roll:

I don't get the last part, ..., considered a great man. It just doesn't fit. :(

Franklin wasn't pretending to be an old man; he was an old man when he wrote his autobiography.

Note, An autobiography is a written account of one's own life. :wink:

All the best,

Could it be ... as an old man when he was considered being a great man?
 

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twostep said:
Casiopea said:
I don't get the last part, ..., considered a great man. It just doesn't fit. :(

Franklin wasn't pretending to be an old man; he was an old man when he wrote his autobiography.

Note, An autobiography is a written account of one's own life. :wink:

All the best,

Could it be ... as an old man when he was considered being a great man?

I don't understand why "considered a great man" too. And that's why I poped up a question that Franklin might write about himself but use "an old man" (absolutely himself) as a character telling the story (or autobiography) about how to be "a great man". sound possible?

um..mmm, did i think too much??? :cry:
 

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Ah, one more question.

Franklin's Autobiography is an up-by-the-bootstraps story representing the freedom to crate and prosper that is the essence of American morality. Yet given the author’s great sense of humor, his chameleon qualities, and his skill at self-promotion, it would be naïve to take The Art of Virtue or the Autobiography as one’s gospel. Reverence is not a very Franklinesque trait.

I don't understand the red text. It's quite confusing.

Pls explain. :oops:

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Bea there is no such thing as thinking too much. :wink:

Where did you come across the sentence? Can you double check?
 

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Oh, forgot one last question...for Franklin, :p

It quotes:

The Autobiography was published, but covered his life only up to 1758. It had been written in fits between 1771 and 1790 while he was living in France.

My Question: Why covered his life up to 1758 but written in fits between 1771 and 1790?

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Oh, forgot one last question...for Franklin, :p

It quotes:

The Autobiography was published, but covered his life only up to 1758. It had been written in fits between 1771 and 1790 while he was living in France.

My Question: Why covered his life up to 1758 but written in fits between 1771 and 1790?

:roll:

google "benjamin franklin" 1758
Franklin ceased writing for Poor Richards Almanc - a change of direction in his life. The autobiography was written later on.
 

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twostep said:
Bea there is no such thing as thinking too much. :wink:

Where did you come across the sentence? Can you double check?

I quoted it from the book, 50 Self-Help Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

Oh, is it possible that Tom'd like to say Franklin wrote this book when he was old, after he was considered (by American people) a great man.

Sound ok?

:?


Ah, when writer wrote "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye termed his subject "the first apostle of frugality and the patron saint of savings accounts".

Does "termed his subject" here mean that Russel B. Nye named Franklin as "the first...."?

and "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye" equals to Russel B. Nye who has studied the life of Franklin, correct?

:)
 

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beeja said:
twostep said:
Bea there is no such thing as thinking too much. :wink:

Where did you come across the sentence? Can you double check?

I quoted it from the book, 50 Self-Help Classics by Tom Butler-Bowdon.

Oh, is it possible that Tom'd like to say Franklin wrote this book when he was old, after he was considered (by American people) a great man.

Sound ok?

:?

You figured it out!!!!!!!!!!!1


Ah, when writer wrote "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye termed his subject "the first apostle of frugality and the patron saint of savings accounts".

Does "termed his subject" here mean that Russel B. Nye named Franklin as "the first...."?

and "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye" equals to Russel B. Nye who has studied the life of Franklin, correct?

:)
 

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twostep said:
google "benjamin franklin" 1758
Franklin ceased writing for Poor Richards Almanc - a change of direction in his life. The autobiography was written later on.


So "writen in fits between" here = write uncontinuously, correct?

It means firstly he wrote it until 1758 and ceased (to write Poor Richard's Almanacks) and started writing his autobiography again in 1771 and 1790 in France, right?
 

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beeja said:
twostep said:
google "benjamin franklin" 1758
Franklin ceased writing for Poor Richards Almanc - a change of direction in his life. The autobiography was written later on.


So "writen in fits between" here = write uncontinuously, correct?

It means firstly he wrote it until 1758 and ceased (to write Poor Richard's Almanacks) and started writing his autobiography again in 1771 and 1790 in France, right?

He wrote the Almanac until 1758, his autobiography 1771-1790.
 

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Ah, when writer wrote "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye termed his subject "the first apostle of frugality and the patron saint of savings accounts".

Does "termed his subject" here mean that Russel B. Nye named Franklin as "the first...."?

and "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye" equals to Russel B. Nye who has studied the life of Franklin, correct?

:)
[/quote]

Sounds good.

Franklin functions as an adjective, defining what kind of scholar. He, Russel B. Nye, conducts research/studies Franklin. :D He is a Franklin scholar.
 

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twostep said:
Ah, when writer wrote "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye termed his subject "the first apostle of frugality and the patron saint of savings accounts".

Does "termed his subject" here mean that Russel B. Nye named Franklin as "the first...."?

and "Franklin scholar Russel B. Nye" equals to Russel B. Nye who has studied the life of Franklin, correct?

:)

Sounds good.

Franklin functions as an adjective, defining what kind of scholar. He, Russel B. Nye, conducts research/studies Franklin. :D He is a Franklin scholar.[/quote]

Thank you so much Ms. Casiopea. I do appreciate the compliment.
 

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twostep said:
He wrote the Almanac until 1758, his autobiography 1771-1790.

From the context in the book it says:

The Autobiography was then published, but covered his life only up to 1758. It had been written in fits between 1771 and 1790 while he was living in France.

and from the other source, it says:

The Autobiography, however, breaks off in 1757; it is left unfinished.

The Autobiography itself was written in three different times: 1771 in England, 1783-83 in France, and 1788 in America. If Franklin meant to complete it, he died before he got the chance.


So, this means:

Franklin wrote his autobiography several times during 1771-1790 but it covered his life up to 1758.

agree? :D
 

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How about this question?

beeja said:
Ah, one more question.

Franklin's Autobiography is an up-by-the-bootstraps story representing the freedom to crate and prosper that is the essence of American morality. Yet given the author’s great sense of humor, his chameleon qualities, and his skill at self-promotion, it would be naïve to take The Art of Virtue or the Autobiography as one’s gospel. Reverence is not a very Franklinesque trait.

I don't understand the red text. It's quite confusing.

Pls explain. :oops:

tks,
 
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