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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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Silence Dogood 1722–1723

Silence Dogood 1722–1723

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(p.11) 1 Silence Dogood 1722–1723
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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor
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Paul M. Zall

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.003.0002

This chapter examines the early career of Benjamin Franklin as a satirist during the period from 1722 to 1723. Franklin started writing ballads at the age of 13 and he later aspired to adopt the role as censor of morals and manners to correct deviations from community standards by exposing them to ridicule. At the age of 16, Franklin started writing essays for his brother James's New-England Courant under the pseudonym Mrs. Silence Dogood. The essays were so critical of the clergy and politicians that James was twice jailed because of it. To avoid the same fate, Franklin left for Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September 1723.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, satirist, ballads, New-England Courant, Silence Dogood, essays, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, James Franklin

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