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Author Lepore, Jill, 1966-, author.

Title Book of ages : the life and opinions of Jane Franklin / Jill Lepore.

Publication Info. New York, New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 2013.


Location Call No. OPAC Message Status
 Parsons Biography  B Franklin, J.    ---  Available
Edition First edition.
Description xiv, 442 pages : illustrations, map ; 25 cm.
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Contents Preface -- Jane : 1537-1727 -- Her book : 1727-1757 -- Letters : 1758-1775 -- History : 1775-1793 -- Remains : 1794- -- Appendices. Methods and sources ; A Franklin genealogy ; A Jane genealogy ; A calendar of the letters ; The editorial hand of Jared Sparks ; Jane's library ; A map of Jane's Boston -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index.
Summary "From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians--a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, whose obscurity and poverty were matched only by her brother's fame and wealth but who, like him, was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. It is a life that has never been examined before: that of the sister of one of the most remarkable men of their time, living unknown to the world at large, but a constant presence and influence in her brother's life through their correspondence (he wrote more letters to her than to anyone else). Making use of an astonishing cache of little-studied material, including documents, objects, and portraits only just discovered, Jill Lepore brings Jane Franklin to life in a way that illuminates not only this one extraordinary woman but an entire world. Lepore's life of Jane Franklin, with its strikingly original vantage on Benjamin Franklin, is at once a wholly different account of the founding and one of the great untold stories of American history and letters."-- From publisher description.
Subject Mecom, Jane Franklin, 1712-1794.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Sisters -- United States -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
Boston (Mass.) -- Biography.
Added Title Life and opinions of Jane Franklin
ISBN 9780307958341

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