From one of our most accomplished and widely admired
historians comes a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s youngest sister and a
history of history itself. Jane Franklin was, like her brother, a passionate
reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator.
Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve.
Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than
he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister
spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind.
Making use of an amazing 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 woman but an entire world—a
world usually lost to history.
Lepore’s life of Jane Franklin, with its
strikingly original vantage on her remarkable brother, is at once a wholly
different account of the founding of the United States and one of the great
untold stories of American history and letters: a life unknown. Download and start listening now!