August 30, 2011


Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings: Boston and London, 1722-1726; Philadelphia, 1726-1757; London, 1757-1775, edited by J. A. Leo Lemay (New York: Library of America(1987, 2002)(From the book jacket: "Controversial in his own time, and the subject of vigorous debate ever since--to Matthew Arnold he exemplified 'victorious good sense,' while to D.H. Lawrence he was the 'first dummy American'--Franklin emerges in this collection a a figure of extraordinary complexity for readers to discover, consider, and appreciate anew.").