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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor
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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

Abstract

Humor is sometimes a serious business, especially the humor of Benjamin Franklin, a master at revealing the human condition through comedy. For the country's bicentennial, Reader's Digest named Franklin “Man of the Year” for embodying the characteristics we admire most about ourselves as Americans: humor, irony, energy, and fresh insight. Recreating Franklin's words in the way that his contemporaries would have read and understood them, this book chronicles Franklin's use (and abuse) of humor for commercial, diplomatic, and political purposes. Dedicated to the uniquely appealing and enduring h ... More

Keywords: humor, Benjamin Franklin, comedy, Reader's Digest, apologues, absurd

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780813123714
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul M. Zall, author