Philadelphia Comic Relief 1748–1757

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 Comic Relief 1748–1757

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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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