Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Benjamin Franklin” in chapter 1 of Cambridge History of American Literature: volume 1, Colonial and Revolutionary Literature: Early National Literature: Part I:
... which prizes a didactic poem in the heroic couplets and despises the work of Jonathan Edwards; which relishes the letters of some third rate English poet, but finds no gusto in the correspondence of Benjamin Franklin ; which sends a student to the novels of William Godwin,but never thinks of directing him to .
When our American criticism treats its facile novelists and poetasters as they deserve, and heartily re...
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