Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore
Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin
I have not read this book yet, but if it is written by Jill Lepore, you can be assured that it is filled with delightful and badass female-voiced history. Jill Lepore is my go-to author when I want to learn about history from one of the great female historians of my generation. What interested me about this topic is how much we always hear about Ben Franklin, but this book brings to life, his younger sister, Jane. Here is the description of the book that got my attention and I hope it gets yours too. From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians—a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, whose obscurity and poverty was 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.
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.