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|Named Person:||Jane Mecom; Benjamin Franklin|
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|Description:||xiv, 442 pages : ill., map ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||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.
"From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was 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." -- Publisher's description.
- Mecom, Jane, -- 1712-1794.
- Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790.
- Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 18th century.
- Boston (Mass.) -- Biography.
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