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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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Comic Release 1783–1785

Comic Release 1783–1785

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Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Paul M. Zall

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the “comic release” of Benjamin Franklin during the period from 1783 to 1785. Though the war ended on January 20, 1783, Franklin had little. This is because, since the summer of 1781, Franklin was already worn out by the ills of old age and sick of bickering with members of his own delegation, particularly John Adams. During this period, he stopped attacking the British government in his satirical writings and adopted the gentler tone of the bagatelles. Franklin also reassumed Mrs. Silence Dogood's role as a cultural gadfly. The chapter provides excerpts from some of Franklin's writings during this time.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, old age, John Adams, satirical writings, Silence Dogood, cultural gadfly

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