Appreciating Benjamin Franklin

Appreciating Benjamin Franklin carla j. mulford   Pennsylvania State University review essay Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father george goodwin New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016 365 pp. Angelic Music: The Story of Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica corey mead New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016 258 pp. Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta: Portrait Medallions by Jean-­ aptiste Nini at the Chateau of Chaumont richard margolis Gahanna: Kolbe and Fanning, 2015 232 pp. Scholarship on Franklin has moved well beyond the compendious biographical model, designed partly to mark the three hundredth anniversary of Franklin’s birth in 1706, into more discretely special studies of areas of his life.1 From the 1930s through the 1990s, Franklin scholarship experienced a nationalist tendency, and the character school of interpretation made of Franklin an exemplary American, so that the character of the man was fashioned into the values of the nation (see Mulford, “Figuring Benjamin Franklin”). Rebuttals to such approaches emerged as well, especially during the 1990s, when character assassination seemed to be the main goal (see, e.g., Jennings; D. Morgan; Waldstreicher). For now it seems we have reached a place in Franklin scholarship that enables us to view the life and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Early American Literature University of North Carolina Press

Appreciating Benjamin Franklin

Early American Literature, Volume 52 (3) – Oct 31, 2017

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carla j. mulford   Pennsylvania State University review essay Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of America’s Founding Father george goodwin New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016 365 pp. Angelic Music: The Story of Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica corey mead New York: Simon and Schuster, 2016 258 pp. Benjamin Franklin in Terra Cotta: Portrait Medallions by Jean-­ aptiste Nini at the Chateau of Chaumont richard margolis Gahanna: Kolbe and Fanning, 2015 232 pp. Scholarship on Franklin has moved well beyond the compendious biographical model, designed partly to mark the three hundredth anniversary of Franklin’s birth in 1706, into more discretely special studies of areas of his life.1 From the 1930s through the 1990s, Franklin scholarship experienced a nationalist tendency, and the character school of interpretation made of Franklin an exemplary American, so that the character of the man was fashioned into the values of the nation (see Mulford, “Figuring Benjamin Franklin”). Rebuttals to such approaches emerged as well, especially during the 1990s, when character assassination seemed to be the main goal (see, e.g., Jennings; D. Morgan; Waldstreicher). For now it seems we have reached a place in Franklin scholarship that enables us to view the life and

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