The Many-Sided Franklin

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THE ENGLISH ALMANAC FROM WHICH FRANKLIN BORROWED THE NAME.

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THE HUMORIST

NOTHING more impresses the student of American history, in tracing the psychological development of the people, than the absence of humor in the first hundred and fifty years following the settlement of the country. The English literature on which the colonists had been bred showed no lack of the comic Muse, and, indeed, unquestionably proves a greater appreciation of wit and humor than its present-day successor. In America, however, either because the immigrants had been recruited from the unfortunate and the religiously austere, or because the hardness of the conditions resulted in a sadness which tinctured the lives of the people, there seems to have been a practical extinction of all sense of the humorous. Notable as Franklin is

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • List of Illustrations ix
  • I - Family Relations 1
  • II - Physique: Theories and Appetites 41
  • III - Education 86
  • IV - Religion 131
  • V - Printer and Publisher 177
  • VI - Writer and Journalist 220
  • VII - Relations with the Fair Sex 263
  • VIII - Jack of All Trades 308
  • X - The Humorist 388
  • XI - Politician and Diplomatist 418
  • XII - Social Life 467
  • Index 511
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