Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of English

Content Description

1 online resource (ii, 57 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Ronald A Bosco

Committee Members

Helene E Scheck


Bejamin Franklin, Biography, Biography as a literary form

Subject Categories

American Literature | United States History


This Thesis is a case study in biographical subjectivity. We are taught in primary school to trust biographies, as they are meant to objective. However, the truth is each biographer brings with them their own bias, and thus leaves with their own perception of their subject. I chose to focus on Benjamin Franklin because a good example of this phenomenon. Franklin's fascinating and full life brings with it a treasure trove of biographical speculation. Each Biographer, in constructing their own version of Franklin, manipulates the facts of Franklin's life. I traced Franklin's biographical legacy through time, from the 1800's to present day, and gave examples how each biographer constructed their own version of Franklin.