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Silence Dogood

This page describes the Ben Franklin's first writing adventures as Silence Dogood.

Silence Dogood was the pseudonym used by Benjamin Franklin to publish letters in the New England Courant, a newspaper in Boston, in the early 1720s. The letters, written in the voice of a widow, offered commentary on various aspects of society and were meant to be satirical and thought-provoking. Overall, 14 Silence Dogood letters were published.

A Woman's Perspective - from  a Young Ben Franklin

The character of Silence Dogood was an unconventional one for her time, as she was outspoken and unafraid to express her opinions on topics ranging from politics to religion. Through her letters, Franklin aimed to challenge the dominant societal norms and provide a different perspective on various issues.

The People Loved Her

The popularity of the Silence Dogood letters quickly spread, and many readers eagerly awaited each new installment. Despite its success, the identity of the writer was kept a secret, and it was not until after Franklin’s death that the true author was revealed.

Franklin Revealed

The Silence Dogood letters were significant for several reasons. Firstly, they demonstrated Franklin’s writing skills and his ability to craft a character that was both entertaining and insightful. Secondly, the letters served as a means of expressing Franklin’s own views on society and provided a platform for him to critique various aspects of colonial life.


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