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Comic Release 1783–1785

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.003.0009
Comic Release 1783–1785

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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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