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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 Comic Relief 1748–1757

Philadelphia Comic Relief 1748–1757

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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines Benjamin Franklin's writing career from 1748 to 1757. During this period, Franklin's more serious writing led to increasing success in business, technology, and public service. Some of his most notable works during this time include Education of Youth in Pensilvania in 1749 and Idea of the English School in 1751. Although strained over the years, the humor of his Poor Richard's Almanack prefaces helped create the public taste for an indigenous comic hero. In 1757, Franklin used this outlet to mock a growing class of amateurs called virtuosi.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, Education of Youth, English School, Poor Richard, virtuosi

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