World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Bagatelles and Satires

Article Id: WHEBN0036811566
Reproduction Date:

Title: Bagatelles and Satires  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Benjamin Franklin, Humour, American literature, Associators, A Dissertation on Liberty and Necessity, Pleasure and Pain
Collection:
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Publication
Date:
 

Bagatelles and Satires

Benjamin Franklin was responsible for writing satirical comedies. His most notable humorous work is the collection called, The Bagatelles.

The Bagatelles

The Bagatelles, or jeux d'espirit in French, are a collection of comics produced in Franklin's Passy Press in France.[1][2]

Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One

Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One is a comedic work Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1773. Franklin wrote it to insult the colonies' secretary of state, but wrote as if giving Machiavellian advice on how to lose an empire. Franklin pretended to advocate the tyranny that many over-imposed rulers desire as necessary to lose support of the people. For instance: to keep colonies under control, "...quarter troops among them, who by their insolence may provoke rising of mobs." (Franklin, 1773) This work also advocated poor representation of the ruler.[3]

Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America

Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America was a comedic work, published 1784, referring to some colonists as savages and the Native Americans as sophisticated.[4]

References

  1. ^ Livingston, Luther (1914). Franklin and His Press at Passy: An Account of the Books, Pamphlets, and Leaflets Printed There, Including the Long Lost 'Bagatelles'. New York: The Grolier Club. p. 8. 
  2. ^ Franklin, Benjamin (1967). The Bagatelles from Passy: Text and facsimile. University of Michigan: Eakins Press (Passy Press). 
  3. ^ Franklin, Benjamin (1773). "Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced to a Small One". Norton Anthology of American Literature A. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 523–528.  
  4. ^ Franklin, Benjamin (1784). "Remarks Concerning the Savages of North America". Norton Anthology of American Literature A. W. W. Norton & Company. pp. 534–537.  
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 



Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Hawaii eBook Library are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.