Ben Franklin and His Sister Jane
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Jill Lepore, Stacy Schiff (moderator)
Tue, November 19th, 2013 | 6:30 pm

Note: This program has been canceled because Jill Lepore has been nominated for the 2013 National Book Award, and her attendance at award-related events is mandatory the evening of November 19. Thank you very much for your interest in and support of New-York Historical Society's public programs.



Who was Jane Franklin, the younger, impoverished, and obscure sister of one of the most remarkable men of his time? Historian Jill Lepore reveals one of the greatest untold stories of American history and paints a revolutionary portrait of an extraordinary woman, illuminating both a unique vantage point of Benjamin Franklin’s life and gender relations in early America.


Jill Lepore, a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the David Woods Kemper '41 Professor of American History and chair of the History and Literature Program at Harvard University. She is the author of Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin. Stacy Schiff (moderator) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and the author of A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America and Cleopatra: A Life.


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