Age of Enlightenment Literature

(Sam Elsley)

The Age of Enlightenment or "Age of Reason", dating from 1750-1800 consisted of a style of literature that would probably be best classified as persuasive, and was often very political. This "new-found" style of literature lead to a growth in patriotism and pride, and often made it easier for people to come an agreement on growing issues.

This type of persuasive literature (telling readers how to interpret what they are reading) was, in part, utilized to encourage Revolutionary War Support. Some notable works of the time include; Poor Richard's Almanac, and The Autobiography (both of which were written by Franklin)

Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin