Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 7:30 – 9:00pm

Jill Lepore
Benjamin Franklin’s Sister

Great Hall; enter on Eighth Avenue. $5.

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Civics, Media Library

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Benjamin Franklin’s sister Jane led a simple life in extraordinary times: Her experiences throughout the Revolution in Boston would have been lost to history but instead were illuminated by the fame of her brother and the letters they wrote to each other. Harvard Professor and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore, author of The Whites of Their Eyes (the occasion for her last, electrifying visit to Town Hall in 2010) as well as the new biography Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Benjamin Franklin’s Sister, finds that, like the fictional Judith Shakespeare from Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Jane as a woman had drastically different opportunities than her brother.

Learn more: Lepore’s Harvard bio

 

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