Books: Mr. Franklin

Benjamin Franklin once expressed the humorous hope that, by being embalmed in wine, he might come to life in the future "and observe the state of America . . . my dear country." Had his wish been fulfilled, Old Printer Franklin would have found America churning out printed matter beyond his wildest dreams (or fears). At present, he would have found a good deal of that printed matter devoted to himself, for this month marks the 250th anniversary of his birth. Among the month's Franklin literature:

BEN FRANKLIN—AN AFFECTIONATE PORTRAIT, by Nelson Beecher Keyes...

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