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The Making of an Inventor, volume 1 of the monumental The Papers of Thomas A. Edison, takes us through Edison's life from early childhood to age twenty-six, when his work in telegraphy laid the groundwork for some of his best-known inventions. An 1868 telegraph design by the twenty-one-year-old Edison, for instance, reveals the now-familiar drum and stylus that reappeared in the phonograph of 1877 and in his earliest motion picture design.

The Making of an Inventor contains 90 percent of all known documents relating to Edison's boyhood and early career, including every entry from his Newark lab notebooks. Illustrated with nearly 600 of the inventor's own drawings and sketches, it provides a comprehensive account of the origins of Edison's creative genius.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Calendar of Documents
  2. pp. xi-xx
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xxi-xxvii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. xxviii-xxxvi
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  1. Chronology of Thomas A. Edison, 1847–1873
  2. pp. xxxvin-xlii
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  1. Thomas A. Edison and His Papers
  2. pp. xliii-l
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  1. Editorial Policy
  2. pp. li-lix
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  1. Editorial Symbols
  2. pp. lx-lx
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. lxi-2
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  1. 1 Edison's Boyhood and Itinerant Years: February 1847–March 1868 (Docs. 1–26)
  2. pp. 3-50
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  1. 2 The Nascent Inventor: March–December 1868 (Docs. 27–50)
  2. pp. 51-101
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  1. 3 From Operator to Inventor-Entrepreneur: January–June 1869 (Docs. 51–69)
  2. pp. 102-124
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  1. 4 Establishing Connections in New York: July–December 1869 (Docs. 70–88)
  2. pp. 125-145
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  1. 5 New Alliances: January–June 1870 (Docs. 89–101)
  2. pp. 146-175
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  1. 6 Expansion and Diversification: July–December 1870 (Docs. 102–135)
  2. pp. 176-223
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  1. 7 New Resources: January–June 1871 (Docs. 135A–274)
  2. pp. 224-300
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  1. 8 Innumerable Machines in the Mind: July–December 1871 (Docs. 175–214)
  2. pp. 301-377
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  1. 9 An Inventive Flurry: January–June 1872 (Docs. 215–263)
  2. pp. 378-491
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  1. 10 The Ascendancy of Manufacturing: July–December 1872 (Docs. 264–279)
  2. pp. 492-512
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  1. 11 Multiple Efforts: January–April 1873 (Docs. 280–317)
  2. pp. 513-590
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  1. 12 The English Venture: May–June 1873 (Docs. 318–340)
  2. pp. 591-626
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  1. Appendix 1. Edison's Autobiographical Notes
  2. pp. 627-666
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  1. Appendix 2. Bibliographic Essay: Edison's Boyhood and Itinerant Years
  2. pp. 667-673
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  1. Appendix 3. The American Patent System
  2. pp. 674-677
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  1. Appendix 4. Edison's U.S. Patents, 1868–1873
  2. pp. 678-680
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 681-689
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  1. Credits
  2. pp. 690-690
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 691-708
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421412900
Print ISBN
9780801831003
MARC Record
OCLC
868219595
Pages
776
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
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