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Benjamin Franklin's humor

Author: Paul M Zall
Publisher: Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In Benjamin Franklin's Humor, author Paul M. Zall shows how one of America's founding fathers used humor to further both personal and national interests. Early in his career, Franklin impersonated the feisty widow Silence Dogood in a series of comically moralistic essays that helped his brother James outpace competitors in Boston's incipient newspaper market. In the mid-eighteenth century, he displayed his talent  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Quotations
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Zall, Paul M.
Benjamin Franklin's humor.
Lexington : University Press of Kentucky, ©2005
(OCoLC)607626396
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul M Zall
ISBN: 0813123712 9780813123714
OCLC Number: 60776681
Description: ix, 186 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Silence Dogood, 1722-1723 --
Paragraphs in Philadelphia, 1729-1735 --
Philadelphia's Poor Richard, 1733-1748 --
Philadelphia comic relief, 1748-1757 --
Making friends overseas, 1757-1774 --
Losing London, 1773-1776 --
Seducing Paris, 1776-1782 --
Comic release, 1783-1785 --
Revising past and future, 1786-1790.
Responsibility: by Paul M. Zall.
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Recreating Benjamin Franklin's words in the way that his contemporaries would have read and understood them, the author chronicles Franklin's use (and abuse) of humor for commercial, diplomatic, and  Read more...

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"The growth in Franklin's control of his comic sense is gradually revealed as Zall traces his wit from his youth to his old age." - ROBERT MIDDLEKAUFF, AUTHOR OF The Glorious Cause: The American Read more...

 
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