Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School

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There is a side to scientist, printer, and inventor Benjamin Franklin we were not exposed to in school—for better or worse, depending upon the degree of your prudery. This book is a testament to the satirical rogue that lived inside the brilliant philosopher, and a tribute to the ideal of a free press in the United States. A collection of witty, funny, and often scandalous short pieces on all sorts of human foibles and phenomena, this book confirms that our country's wisest man was also something of a wise guy! ...
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There is a side to scientist, printer, and inventor Benjamin Franklin we were not exposed to in school—for better or worse, depending upon the degree of your prudery. This book is a testament to the satirical rogue that lived inside the brilliant philosopher, and a tribute to the ideal of a free press in the United States. A collection of witty, funny, and often scandalous short pieces on all sorts of human foibles and phenomena, this book confirms that our country's wisest man was also something of a wise guy! Includes The Letter to a Royal Academy (which inspired the title), The Speech of Miss Polly Baker, On Choosing a Mistress, Rules on Making Oneself Disagreeable, The Supreme Court of the Press, Father Abraham's Speech, a number of drinking songs and other verses, and a host of satires against England during the time just before the Revolutionary War.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780898048018
  • Publisher: Ariel Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.41 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2002

    Franklin is never dull

    Far from being a book of juvenile humor, FART PROUDLY contains a number of examples of rapier like wit. From advice to a young friend who was involved with an older woman ('for they are so greatful') to how to win an argument and STILL keep your friends, Franklin's writings are still relavant. Franklin is never dull, despite what some college students seem to think. What many don't realize,(or chose to ignore) is that Franklin was a 'cut above the masses' and yet he could still identify with them. A reading of his AUTOBIOGRAPHY is also in order.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2000

    Benjamin Franklin, A Well-Rounded Individual

    Though I had to wait a few years before I understood it more thoroughly, this book will provide a lot of laughs for those with a subtle or dry sense of humor. I found the old English language very humorous, with virtually every other word capitalized, especially when talking about anything concerning the book's title. This book has been shared with many like-minded individuals in my circle of friends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2000

    How Ben Franklin helped a 20th Century lad understand the depth of his mother's intellect...

    While I was working in the Saudi Arabia, a professional medical venue of 10 years duration, I received occasional 'CARE' packages from my mother, a 70 year old retired school teacher, Scots Presbyterian, and conservative Republican who thought Ronald Reagan was the unrecognized 4th member of the Christian 'Holy Trinity'. Due to the fact that she and I had a vastly contrary and highly polar opinion of each other's outlook on life theretofore, I had never developed an especially close emotional attachment to her. Hence, my incredulity when one package she sent contained this collection of Ben Franklin's lesser known observations and writings. Reading this book led to a more open-minded and balanced assessment of my mother's intellectual abilities on my part and to a new, warmer regard for her eclectic nature and wide-ranging interest in all things. I suppose she was in her own way a free-thinker along similar lines, whose life circumstances had never let her fully give vent to what I came to find was a startling depth of intellectual talent. To this day I am grateful to Benjamin Franklin, not just for daring to write about the socially unmentionable embarrassments of routine life (which are droll and highly amusing), but for opening my own mind up to possibilities of mind and intellect I had completely overlooked myself.

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