D h lawrence, studies in classic american literature, edited by ezra four different versions of lawrence's pioneering essay on whitman are included)l benjamin franklin: but what we think we do is not very important we never really know what we are doing either we are materialistic instruments, like benjamin. Get more on literary giant dh lawrence, author of lady chatterley's lover and ' odour of chrysanthemums,' at biographycom american literature, a book of highly regarded and influential literary criticism of great american authors such as benjamin franklin, nathaniel hawthorne and herman melville. The most notable of these attacks was delivered by dh lawrence in 1923, who accused franklin of being lost in his own quirky optimism lawrence argues that franklin should have concerned himself with the darker aspects of humanity lawrence even proposed an alternate list of the 13 virtues as a means of both. Historians have long rejected max weber and d h lawrence's portrayal of benjamin franklin as the stuffy architect of a new kind of prudish bourgeois virtue recent scholarly work has challenged this notion and has added something more: the idea that franklin is a serious thinker, even an ironic thinker, in the western. Now turn, if you will, to the opening words of benjamin franklin's short essay how to secure houses, &c from lightning: it has pleased god in his goodness to mankind, at length to discover to them it is no surprise to find d h lawrence among these, because a more humorless man probably never drew mortal breath.
He has been a subject of intense debate ever since: to matthew arnold, he exemplified “victorious good sense” to d h lawrence, he was “the first dummy american” franklin's classic autobiography, one of the great foundational works of american literature, is his last word on his most remarkable literary. What poor richard cost benjamin franklin franklin finished his little essay at sea, on july 7, 1757 homey, quaint, sexless, humorless, preachy benjamin franklin—loved (by dale carnegie), hated (by d h lawrence), and held up (by max weber) as the original american puritan striver, the prophet. Studies in classic american literature dh lawrence introduced by jon thompson shearsman books exeter benjamin franklin 48 3 hector st john de crèvecoeur 60 4 fenimore cooper's white novels 70 5 fenimore cooper's leatherstocking novels 80 6 edgar allan poe 95 7 nathaniel hawthorne and. You may also enjoy reading dh lawrence's chapter about franklin in his book, studies in classic american literature perhaps a perfect close to this summary is the characteristically humble inscription he designed for his grave: the body of benjamin franklin, printer like the cover of an old book— its contents torn out.
Benjamin franklin by dr mark canada this article originally appeared in the encyclopedia of american literature, 2008 “ i began to suspect that this wrote a series of satirical essays under the pseudonym of “silence dogood” and secretly dh lawrence, for example, complained that franklin oversimplified. Chapter 2 benjamin franklin the perfectibility of man ah heaven, what a dreary themel the perfectibility of the ford car the perfectibility of which man i am many men which of them are you going to perfect i am not a mechanical contrivance education which of the various me's do you propose to educate, and. It has gotten rave reviews from people like william dean howells, who praise his mastery of the form, and two thumbs down from people like dh lawrence, who criticize franklin's self-portrait most critics agree, though, that the autobiography is valuable on many levels: as an early example of the genre in literature, as an.
Finally, to balance these appreciative works, the reader may wish to consult the great classic critique of franklin and his educative project, d h lawrence's essay “benjamin franklin,” first printed in the english review 27 (1918): 397-408, and reprinted in several collections since then, including the norton. In his autobiography, benjamin franklin inventoried his thirteen virtues: 1 temperance eat not to fulness drink not to elevation 2 silence speak not but what may benefit others or yourself avoid trifling conversation 3 order let all your things have their places let each part of your business have its. American classic literature” ' (the letters of d h lawrence & amy lowell – , ed e claire healey and keith cushman, santa barbara, , p ) clearly a set of ten essays: probably 'cr`evecoeur', 'franklin', 'cooper i', 'cooper ii', 'poe' ' hawthorne', 'dana', 'melville', 'whitman' and either 'the spirit.