Two Eighteenth-Century Careers

Passos, John Dos
November 1940
New Republic;11/18/40, Vol. 103 Issue 21, p689
Compares and contrasts the careers of American statesman and scientist Benjamin Franklin and English writer Daniel Defoe. Likely outcome of history had their positions been reversed; Similarities between the social backgrounds of the two; Information on the social conditions in England when it emerged from under the bloodshed of eighteen years of Stuart reaction; Information on publications at the beginning of Defoe's career; Factors which helped Franklin achieve financial security.


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