Paul M. Zall

in Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780813123714
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813134864 | DOI:

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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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