“If you would not be forgotten,
as soon as you’re dead and rotten,
either write things worth reading,
or do things worth the writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790
Benjamin Franklin narrated, and lived, the Great American Success Story. As America’s prototypical polymath, he excelled – and even defined – a number of professions including printer, writer, postmaster, scientist, inventor, public citizen, politician, and diplomat.
He was a cornerstone in the foundation of the United States. He discovered practicable uses for electricity. He was America’s first great satirist. He founded the University of Pennsylvania. He invented bifocals. He was a legendary ladies’ man. He was all of these things... and he was so much more.
Ben Franklin For Beginners, written and illustrated by Tim E. Ogline, opens the book on Benjamin Franklin and tells the story of his life and times with wry wit and whimsical drawings.
About the Author
Tim E. Ogline, Principal of Ogline Design in Greater Philadelphia, is an award-winning illustrator whose work has been published by The Philadelphia Inquirer,The Wall Street Journal, the Utne Reader, Institutional Investor, and Philadelphia Style among others. Tim is also a Contributing Editor (and former Art Director) of the Wild River Review (an online literary and arts journal). Ogline has also been an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Temple University's prestigious Tyler School of Art.
Praise for Ben Franklin For Beginners…
"In this highly readable offering, Ogline emphasizes that Franklin was an ingenious generalist. Organized in chapters that highlight Franklin’s career as a printer, writer, humorist, inventor, statesman, and founder of a nation, the wide and varied world of Franklin is open to see. Ogline’s illustrations enhance the text with caricaturelike depictions of Franklin flying the kite for the electricity experiment, playing the glass armonica, and perpetrating the hoax on Titan Leeds." — Martha Edmundson, Booklist