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Old 06-24-2007, 08:34 PM   #1
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Eliot, Charles W. (editor): Harvard Classics 01: Franklin/Woolman/Penn, v1, 24 Jun 07

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Journal of John Woolman

Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn

Every series has to start somewhere. For this series it is with The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Perhaps one of the greatest US autobiographies ever written. I have read it too many times to count. There are not graphics in this version, there is stand alone version that has many graphics in it.

The Journal of John Woolman, also available as a stand alone version, is the account of an early Quaker and his journey to see the evils of slavery many years before the Civil War.

Some Fruits of Solitude by William Penn is a mine of pithy comment upon human life, which combines with the acute common sense of Franklin the spiritual elevation of Woolman.
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These are amazing books. I believe the Franklin autobiography is considered by some to be the best ever written, and I don't think anyone can read it and not be affected by it. You most certainly, as a result of reading it, will at least give thought to how you want to live your life and make the most of it.

Some Fruits of Solitude is sort of like a collection of proverbs. For example, for the topic "Right-timing" he writes...
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159. Do nothing improperly. Some are Witty, Kind, Cold, Angry, Easie, Stiff, Jealous, Careless, Cautious, Confident, Close, Open, but all in the wrong Place.
160. It is all mistaking where the Matter is of Importance.
161. It is not enough that a thing be Right, if it be not fit to be done. If not Imprudent, tho’ Just, it is not advisable. He that loses by getting, had better lose than get.
A wonderful start to an awesome series!
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Glad you like it.

I almost forgot the stats, this is #31 to be posted out of 49 base volumes for a 63.27% completion.
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Glad you like it.

I almost forgot the stats, this is #31 to be posted out of 49 base volumes for a 63.27% completion.
Now that you're in the home stretch, I think it's appropriate to start a countdown!

Volumes remaining
49..48..47..46..45..44..43..42..41..40..39..38..37 ..36..35..34..33..32..31..30..29..28..27..26..25.. 24..23..22..21..20..19..

18!!!!

Hey, I'll even contribute a stupid looking frog for that! ;-)

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Hi RWood. When you say that "There are not graphics in this version, there is stand alone version that has many graphics in it.", where is this stand alone version found?

I do not yet have a reader but am enthused about getting one. The recent story on the mobileread.com homepage regarding the Harvard Classics has me wondering what advantage there is to something like that vs just getting a copy from project gutenberg as an html file and using that. Other than possibly different graphics, would this work just as well? (I do not have a particular reader in mind). Thanks.
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Hi RWood. When you say that "There are not graphics in this version, there is stand alone version that has many graphics in it.", where is this stand alone version found?

I do not yet have a reader but am enthused about getting one. The recent story on the mobileread.com homepage regarding the Harvard Classics has me wondering what advantage there is to something like that vs just getting a copy from project gutenberg as an html file and using that. Other than possibly different graphics, would this work just as well? (I do not have a particular reader in mind). Thanks.
The graphic version is found here.

You can always download texts from PG, they are a great resource. However, only about one-third (at the most) of the source material for the HC series came from PG. Many of the books included in the HC series are simply not available there. Some people, like Bob Russell, sent me electronic copies of some texts and a large part came from the Internet Archives that had images captured in a PDF file that were then OCRed and proofed.

In addition to graphics, there are multiple translations of the classic texts and the ones at PG are not always the same as the HC series. Remember that the HC series was put together around 1909 so PG has many years additional to draw from for revised or improved translations. Some of the selections in the HC series were edited from the larger work. There are only 2 sections of The Canterberry Tales and 1001 Nights was condensed from 4 large volumes to 1 medium volume.

For viewing on a computer, you can download the CONNECT software to view the LRF files or MobiPocket to view the PRC files. There are also Plucker versions floating around that were made from the MobiPocket versions.
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