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The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin

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Carla Mulford, Kevin J. Hayes, Douglas Anderson, Paul E. Kerry, David S. Shields, Joyce E. Chaplin, Frank Kelleter, Kerry Walters, James Campbell, Lester C. Olson, Wilson J. Moses, Nian-Sheng Huang, Stephen Carl Arch
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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521691864

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  • Comprehensive and accessible, this Companion addresses several well-known themes in the study of Franklin and his writings, while also showing Franklin in conversation with his British and European counterparts in science, philosophy, and social theory. Specially commissioned chapters, written by scholars well-known in their respective fields, examine Franklin's writings and his life with a new sophistication, placing Franklin in his cultural milieu while revealing the complexities of his intellectual, literary, social, and political views. Individual chapters take up several traditional topics, such as Franklin and the American dream, Franklin and capitalism, and Franklin's views of American national character. Other chapters delve into Franklin's library and his philosophical views on morality, religion, science, and the Enlightenment and explore his continuing influence in American culture. This Companion will be essential reading for students and scholars of American literature, history and culture.

    • An up-to-date appraisal of Franklin's work by specialists in the field
    • Written accessibly at student level
    • Directed at students and teachers of American history and culture, literature and intellectual history
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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521691864
    • length: 206 pages
    • dimensions: 238 x 150 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Carla Mulford
    1. Benjamin Franklin's library Kevin J. Hayes
    2. The art of virtue Douglas Anderson
    3. Franklin's satiric vein Paul E. Kerry
    4. Franklin in the Republic of Letters David S. Shields
    5. Benjamin Franklin's natural philosophy Joyce E. Chaplin
    6. Franklin and the Enlightenment Frank Kelleter
    7. Franklin and the question of religion Kerry Walters
    8. The pragmatist in Franklin James Campbell
    9. Franklin on national character and the Great Seal of the United States Lester C. Olson
    10. Protestant ethic or conspicuous consumption?: Benjamin Franklin and the Gilded Age Wilson J. Moses
    11. Benjamin Franklin and the American Dream Nian-Sheng Huang and Carla Mulford
    12. Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography, then and now Stephen Carl Arch
    Guide to further reading

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • 18th C Literature
  • Editor

    Carla Mulford, Pennsylvania State University
    Carla Mulford is Associate Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.


    Carla Mulford, Kevin J. Hayes, Douglas Anderson, Paul E. Kerry, David S. Shields, Joyce E. Chaplin, Frank Kelleter, Kerry Walters, James Campbell, Lester C. Olson, Wilson J. Moses, Nian-Sheng Huang, Stephen Carl Arch

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