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Zall, Paul M.

Overview
Works: 62 works in 233 publications in 1 language and 17,104 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Autobiographies  Anecdotes  Quotations  Records and correspondence  Church history  Personal correspondence  Diaries  Sources  Archives 
Roles: Editor, Author, Other
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Most widely held works about Paul M Zall
 
Most widely held works by Paul M Zall
Benjamin Franklin's humor by Paul M Zall( )

4 editions published in 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,730 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Benjamin Franklin's Humor, author Paul M. Zall shows how one of America's founding fathers used humor to further both personal and national interests. Early in his career, Franklin impersonated the feisty widow Silence Dogood in a series of comically moralistic essays that helped his brother James outpace competitors in Boston's incipient newspaper market. In the mid-eighteenth century, he displayed his talent for comic impersonation in numerous editions of Poor Richard's Almanac, a series of pocket-sized tomes filled with proverbs and witticisms that were later compiled in Franklin's The Way to Wealth (1758), one of America's all-time best-selling books." "Zall shows how Franklin employed humor to achieve desired ends during even the most difficult diplomatic situations: while helping draft the Declaration of Independence, while securing France's support for the American Revolution, while brokering the treaty with England to end the War for Independence, and while mediating disputes at the Constitutional Convention. He supervised and facilitated the birth of a nation with customary wit and aplomb."--Jacket
Lincoln on Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln( )

12 editions published between 1999 and 2010 in English and held by 1,729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zall uses Lincoln's writings and speeches to form a portrait of the man
Adams on Adams by John Adams( )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,095 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As president, Adams took pride in establishing a navy whose presence ensured stability and helped in peace negotiations with Native Americans and foreign countries. After he retired, Adams spent a quarter-century writing memoirs, letters, and articles in newspapers defending himself against being labeled an "aristocrat" or "monarchist" for insisting on a strong, well-balanced government as the best defense against the self delusions of blind ambition or personal gratification."--Jacket
Washington on Washington by George Washington( )

5 editions published in 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"For most Americans, George Washington is more of a legend than a man - a face on our currency or an austere figure standing in a rowboat crossing the icy Delaware River. He was equally revered in his own time. At the helm of a country born of idealism and revolution, Washington reluctantly played the role of demigod that the new nation required - a role reconciling the rhetoric of democracy with the ritual of monarchy."--Jacket
Jefferson on Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson( )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,090 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Not trusting biographers with his story and frustrated by his friends' failure to justify his role in the American Revolution, Jefferson wrote his autobiography on his own terms at the age of seventy-seven. Yet he revealed little about himself and his family, choosing instead to address the various political concerns of the day. The resulting book ends, well before his death, with his return from France at the age of forty-six. In Jefferson on Jefferson, researcher Paul Zall returns to original manuscripts and correspondence for a new view of the statesman's life. He extends the story where Jefferson left off, weaving excerpts from other writings - notes, rough drafts, and private correspondence - into passages from the original autobiography. Jefferson reveals his grief over the death of his daughter, details his hotly contested election against John Adams (decided by the House of Representatives), expresses his thought on religion, and tells of his life at Monticello. The result is a new and more complex portrait of a man who was often bitter about the past and insecure about his place in history. Rounded out by notes and an introduction, Jefferson on Jefferson offers readers a new glimpse into the life of one of America's most studied presidents."--Jacket
Mark Twain laughing : humorous anecdotes by and about Samuel L. Clemens by Mark Twain( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 900 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Compares humorous stories Twain told publicly and privately with those wrongly attributed to him, and discusses his development as a speaker
Franklin on Franklin by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

7 editions published between 2000 and 2005 in English and held by 789 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography ends in 1758, some thirty years before he died. Those three decades included some of the statesman's greatest triumphs, yet instead of including them in his memoir, Franklin spent the years continually revising his original text." "Franklin on Franklin stands as the first autobiographical account of a great American life. By returning to a newly recovered early draft of the Autobiography, author Paul M. Zall strips away later layers of moralizing and revision to reveal the story as Franklin first wrote it: how a poor boy from Boston used hard work and his wits to become America's first world-class citizen. To cover Franklin's career as a diplomat and as the only signatory of all threes key documnents of the American Revolution, Zall interweaves autobiographical comments from Franklin's personal letters and private journals."--Jacket
Literary criticism of William Wordsworth by William Wordsworth( Book )

10 editions published between 1966 and 1970 in English and held by 788 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Abe Lincoln laughing : humorous anecdotes from original sources by and about Abraham Lincoln by Abraham Lincoln( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2001 in English and held by 760 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of his anecdotes with notes and sources
A hundred merry tales : and other English jestbooks of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries by Paul M Zall( Book )

19 editions published between 1963 and 1977 in English and Undetermined and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This jolly volume, intended to show milestones in the development of English jestbooks from William Caxtons̉ day to the day of William Shakespeare, brings together for the first time the texts of Caxtons̉ "Fables of Alfonce and Poge" (1484), "A hundred merry tales" (1526), " "Howleglas (?1528), "Tales and quick answers" (?1535), "Merry tales ... made by Master Skelton (1567), and selections from Thomas Deloneys̉ translation of DesPeriers ̉Mirrour of Mirth (1583). A witty and knowledgeable introduction, "The natural history of Jestbooks", relates these collections of "merry" prose tales to Elizabethan prose fiction and comedy and to their classical and medieval forebears. Although their literary techniques reflect trends in more serious literature, the jestbooks habe been little studied by practicing scholars and are generally unknown to the modern reader -in part because they are scattered all over the English-speaking world in the major research libraries. In the present volume spelling, punctuation, and typography have been modernized, and the editor has provided brief introductory notes and glosses of archaic terms
Benjamin Franklin's autobiography : an authoritative text, backgrounds, criticism by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

10 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 684 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally written as a guide for his son, Benjamin Franklin discusses his life, accomplishments, and ideas. The most popular autobiography ever written is here presented for the first time directly from the manuscripts, rather than perpatuating the errors of previous editions. Background materials include opinions ranging from Keats and Poe to Twain and D.H. Lawrence
The simple cobler of Aggawam in America by Nathaniel Ward( Book )

13 editions published in 1969 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Descriptive sketches by William Wordsworth( Book )

5 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 524 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin : a genetic text by Benjamin Franklin( Book )

9 editions published between 1979 and 1981 in English and held by 489 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Franklin, Benjamin / Autobiographie
A nest of ninnies, and other English jestbooks of the seventeenth century by Paul M Zall( Book )

7 editions published between 1970 and 1979 in English and held by 478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The blending of wit and jest
Franklin's Autobiography : a model life by Paul M Zall( Book )

6 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ben Franklin laughing : anecdotes from original sources by and about Benjamin Franklin( Book )

7 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wit & wisdom of the founding fathers : Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson( Book )

5 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bent for incisive, spirited humor. With ample quotes from personal correspondence and private memoirs, Zall peers behind the staid and serious facade of our first three presidents and demonstrates how each strove to suppress his sense of mirth to maintain a dignified public reputation. By lifting the curtain on our Founding Fathers as they engage in practical jokes and regale friends with humorous stories, Zall opens a window on their personalities otherwise obscured by
Peter Pindar's poems by Peter Pindar( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Comical spirit of seventy-six : the humor of Francis Hopkinson by Francis Hopkinson( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Benjamin Franklin's humor
Alternative Names
Zall, P. M.

Zall, P. M. 1922-

Zall, P. M. 1922-2009

Zall, P. M. (Paul M.)

Zall, P. M. (Paul M.), 1922-2009

Zall, Paul.

Zall, Paul M.

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English (152)

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Lincoln on LincolnAdams on AdamsWashington on WashingtonJefferson on JeffersonMark Twain laughing : humorous anecdotes by and about Samuel L. ClemensFranklin on FranklinAbe Lincoln laughing : humorous anecdotes from original sources by and about Abraham LincolnBenjamin Franklin's autobiography : an authoritative text, backgrounds, criticismThe wit & wisdom of the founding fathers : Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson