The Autobiography remained unpublished during Franklin's lifetime. In 1791, the first edition appeared, in French rather than English, as Mémoires de la vie privée de Benjamin Franklin, published in Paris. This translation of Part One only was based on a flawed transcript made of Franklin's manuscript before he had revised it. This French translation was then retranslated into English in two London publications of 1793, and one of the London editions served as a basis for a retranslation into French in 1798 in an edition which also included a fragment of Part Two.
I am having a wonderful life with my little mistress who loves me, takes great care of me and also loves to work on me. Now, it remains to be seen how long I will live. As soon as all my sheets are full, I will be of no use and then my little mistress will throw me and buy another like me. Aha! I forgot to tell you that, she is working out Mathematics problems in me so, she will not throw me even after my sheets are all over. She will definitely keep me till her final exams. Only after that I will cease to be of use to her. So, I get a lease of life for another six months. After that my fate is sealed. I will find place in a waste paper basket.
In addition to my new book, “Tenth of December,” I’ve written three other short story collections "Pastoralia," "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" (both New York Times Notable Books) and, most recently, "In Persuasion Nation." “CivilWarLand in Bad Decline” was a Finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. “In Persuasion Nation” was one of three finalists for the 2006 STORY Prize for best short story collection of the year. I’ve also written a novella-length illustrated fable, "The Brief and Frightening Reign of Phil" the New York Times bestselling children's book, "The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip," illustrated by Lane Smith, (which has won major children’s literature prizes in Italy and the Netherlands), and, most recently, a book of essays, “The Braindead Megaphone.”