View Full Version : Would you update Ben Franklin's English?

02-07-2008, 08:15 PM
Franklin's texts are filled with contractions we don't use anymore, stray capital letters, and unconventional spellings.

If you were in charge of a new edition of Franklin's autobiography, or a collection of his letters, would you edit his English into the modern?

Or leave well enough alone?

Storm Dream
02-07-2008, 10:12 PM
Bear in mind that I haven't read anything by Franklin since early high school...

I wouldn't mind seeing an updated version, if only because I remember finding his writing very difficult to get into. I realize it was part of the experience, and I did sort of start easing into it and figuring it out, but if the point of the assignment was Ben Franklin and not deciphering his writing, then I can see a modern version doing very well.