A mention of flatulence might conjure up images of bratty high school boys or lowbrow comics. But one of the most
eloquent—and least expected—commentators on the subject is Benjamin Franklin. The writings in Fart Proudly reveal the
rogue who lived peaceably within the philosopher and statesman. Included are "The Letter to a Royal Academy"; "On
Choosing a Mistress"; "Rules on Making Oneself Disagreeable"; and other jibes. Franklin's irrepressible wit found an
outlet in perpetrating hoaxes, attacking marriage and other sacred cows, and skewering the English Parliament. Reminding
us of the humorous, irreverent side of this American icon, these essays endure as both hilarious satire and a timely
reminder of the importance of a free press.