Benjamin Franklin and his sister Jane were the babies of the family, sharp-witted and saucy. He apprenticed to a printer and she to a life of drudgery, marrying at 15 and losing herself in childbearing, sewing, scrubbing, soap making, and cooking. What little we know of her comes from the tender letters she wrote to her brother, to whom she remained close, and from her homemade ”Book of Age’s,” a family record. As she stitches together Jane’s story, in Book of Ages, Lepore gives us a side of Benjamin Franklin we have never seen — and an evocative look at what life was like for most 18th-century women (in a word: awful). A
THE OTHER FRANKLIN In Book of Ages, we see the multi-hyphenate founding father through his sister's perspective.
Genre: Biography; Author: Jill Lepore; Publisher: Knopf
Posted December 4 2013 — 12:00 AM EST
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