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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor$
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Paul M. Zall

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123714

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.001.0001

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A Life in Laughter

(p.1) Introduction
Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

University Press of Kentucky

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the humour of Benjamin Franklin, a polymath and one of the founding fathers of the U.S. This book examines Franklin's satirical writings using the pseudonyms Mrs. Silence Dogood, Martha Careful, and Caelia Shortface. It highlights his ability to inject humor into almost every situation and discusses his use and abuse of humor for political and diplomatic purposes.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, polymath, satirical writings, humor, Silence Dogood, Martha Careful, Caelia Shortface

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