Fun Facts Friday: Thomas Paine
Latest Posts / January 29, 2021

Thomas Paine (29 January, 1736 – 8 June, 1809) was an American philosopher, writer, and political activist & theorist known for Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776–1783)

Fun Facts Friday: Edmund Wilson
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / May 8, 2020

Edmund Wilson’s critique helped to interest the public in the works of Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Vladimir Nabokov, as well as establishing a new evaluation of the works of Charles Dickens and Rudyard Kipling

Fun Facts Friday: Benjamin Franklin
Fun Facts Friday , Latest Posts / January 17, 2020

January 17 is the birthday of one of the most famous man in American History, Benjamin Franklin ( 17 January, 1706 – 17 April, 1790). I read Benjamin Franklin’s Biography by Walter Isaacson a few years ago and it is, to this day, a favorite of mine. Many people know that Mr. Franklin was a printer, but here are a few interesting facts about his printing career and love of books & libraries. Franklin considered himself a printer all his life, and took great pride at his occupation. Wherever he went he always had a printing press at his disposal. Franklin’s last will and testament begins “I, Benjamin Franklin of Philadelphia, printer…”. To his life’s end, Ben Franklin remained a printer and took pride in it. Wherever he lived in Europe or America, he managed to have a printing press at his disposal. Franklin’s first publication was when he was 16 years old, he wrote in the voice of a feminist woman named “Silence Dogood”. At age 21, Franklin established the colonies’ first circulation library for all interested citizens or as it was known “The Library Company of Philadelphia”. The Pennsylvania Gazette, a newspaper, was bought by Franklin when he…

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