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Jill Lepore and Judith Thurman on Ben Franklin's sister Jane Franklin

The New Yorker on June 28, 2013 22:43

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    Jill Lepore's "Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin," a biography of Ben Franklin's sister, comes out this fall. This week in the magazine, Jill Lepore  writes about her decades-long interest in the subject of Jane Franklin, how the story figured into her relationship with her own mother, and what finally motivated her finally to overcome her reluctance and write the biography. Judith Thurman is also a biographer, with books about Isak Dinesen and Colette. Here Judith Thurman and Jill Lepore talk with Sasha Weiss about Jane Franklin, what motherhood has forced different generations of women to give up, and the history of American women writers. Also, writer Ruth Franklin on the 60th anniversary of Shirley Jackson's classic tale, "The Lottery."

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