Benjamin Franklin's Humor

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Dezember 2005



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, Paul M. Zall 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, Zall lovingly samples Franklin's apologues on the necessity of living reasonably even when life's circumstances may seem absurd.


Paul M. Zall is professor emeritus of American studies at California State University at Los Angeles. He is a former senior researcher at the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, and is the editor of Franklin on Franklin, Lincoln on Lincoln, Washington on Washington, and Jefferson on Jefferson. He lives in South Pasadena, California.

EAN: 9780813123714
ISBN: 0813123712
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Dezember 2005
Seitenanzahl: 186 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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