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Catherine Bernard

(1663–1712?), French novelist, playwright, and poet. Born in Rouen to a comfortable Huguenot family, she moved to Paris to pursue her literary interests. Bernard wrote four ...

Franklin, Benjamin

Franklin, Benjamin (1706–90)   Reference library

E. Philip Krider

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment

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2015

... (New York, 2009). Bell, Whitfield J., Jr. Patriot Improvers: Biographical Sketches of Members of the American Philosophical Society , 3 vols (Philadelphia, 2006–10). Bowen, Catherine Drinker . The Most Dangerous Man in America: Scenes From the Life of Benjamin Franklin (Boston, 1974). Clark, Ronald W. Benjamin Franklin: A Biography (New York, 1983). Cohen, I. Bernard . Benjamin Franklin’s Science (Cambridge, MA, 1990). Devons, Samuel . “Benjamin Franklin as Experimental Philosopher,” American Journal of Physics 45 (1977): 1148–53. Dray, Philip...

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Edward Countryman

The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of the American Enlightenment

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...personality and property into her husband’s. In response, both sides of the English-speaking Atlantic generated articulate women who questioned the terms of their subordination in Enlightenment language. The most notable Britons were the historian and educational reformer Catherine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft, whose A Vindication of the Rights of Woman ( 1792 ) argued strongly that women were as capable of high thought and civic virtue as any man. She gained a wide American readership. Their American counterparts included, particularly, Judith Sargent...

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