Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Title

Benjamin Franklin’s Humor

Authors

Paul M. Zall

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Description

Humor is sometimes a serious business, especially the humor of Benjamin Franklin, a master at revealing the human condition through comedy. For the country's bicentennial, Reader's Digest named Franklin “Man of the Year” for embodying the characteristics we admire most about ourselves as Americans: humor, irony, energy, and fresh insight. Recreating Franklin's words in the way that his contemporaries would have read and understood them, this book chronicles Franklin's use (and abuse) of humor for commercial, diplomatic, and political purposes. Dedicated to the uniquely appealing and enduring humor of Benjamin Franklin, the book samples Franklin's apologues on the necessity of living reasonably even when life's circumstances may seem absurd.

Publication Date

2005

Publisher

The University Press of Kentucky

Place of Publication

Lexington, KY

ISBN

978-0-8131-2371-4

eISBN

978-0-8131-7186-9 (pdf version)

eISBN

978-0-8131-3817-6 (epub version)

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813123714.001.0001

Keywords

Humor, Benjamin Franklin, Comedy, Reader's Digest, Apologues, Absurd

Disciplines

Political History | United States History