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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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Philadelphia’s Poor Richard 1733–1748

Philadelphia’s Poor Richard 1733–1748

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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines Benjamin Franklin's career in printing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the period from 1733 to 1748. In 1733, he began to publish Poor Richard's Almanack under the pseudonym Richard Saunders. In this publication Franklin adopted the model of Jonathan Swift's satire and used techniques familiar from his own practice of Socratic irony by pretending to be innocent or ignorant. The chapter describes some of Franklin's humorous writings and provides excerpts from some of his notable articles.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, printer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Poor Richard, Jonathan Swift, satire

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