Apart from a one-year fellowship at Alfred and a year and a half in Italy, where she learned to throw, Karnes was an auto-didact
, albeit in the company of other highly motivated learners keen to build kilns and explore marketing their work.
Furthermore, he was largely self-taught, an auto-didact
in the true sense of the term and an author who observed that three of his grand-parents were illiterate.
Author, printer, statesman, diplomat, educator, inventor, philosopher, humorist, entrepreneur, shopkeeper, civic leader, scientist, auto-didact
, public servant, national hero, Franklin tried a variety of careers and succeeded brilliantly at all of them.
Larsen very effectively analyzes the long quest for truth of these heroic auto-didacts
, but the changing external context of their internal struggles is also part of the story.
The implications of this are most striking for auto-didacts
like the Knowledge Boys and Girls, who rarely have a chance to meet one another because they are not connected by any learning-institution's infrastructure.