Philadelphia’s Poor Richard 1733–1748

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:
Philadelphia’s Poor Richard 1733–1748

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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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