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Lepore, Jill 1966-

Overview
Works: 43 works in 189 publications in 2 languages and 16,470 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Fiction  Sources  Juvenile works  Biographies  Comic books, strips, etc  Historical fiction  Podcasts  Romance fiction 
Roles: Author, Narrator, Other
Classifications: E302.6.F8, 973
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Jill Lepore
Book of ages : the life and opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 2,121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians, a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister and a history of history itself. Like her brother, Jane Franklin was a passionate reader, a gifted writer, and an astonishingly shrewd political commentator. Unlike him, she was a mother of twelve. Benjamin Franklin, who wrote more letters to his sister than he wrote to anyone else, was the original American self-made man; his sister spent her life caring for her children. They left very different traces behind. Making use of an amazing 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 woman but an entire world--a world usually lost to history. Lepore's life of Jane Franklin, with its strikingly original vantage on her remarkable brother, is at once a wholly different account of the founding of the United States and one of the great untold stories of American history and letters: a life unknown"--Publisher's description
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore( Book )

19 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 2,015 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A cultural history of Wonder Woman traces the character's creation and enduring popularity, drawing on interviews and archival research to reveal the pivotal role of feminism in shaping her seven-decade story
The name of war : King Philip's War and the origins of American identity by Jill Lepore( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2015 in English and French and held by 1,801 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: King Philip's War, the excruciating racial war--colonists against Indians--that erupted in New England in 1675, was, in proportion to population, the bloodiest in American history. Some even argued that the massacres and outrages on both sides were too horrific to "deserve the name of a war." It all began when Philip (called Metacom by his own people), the leader of the Wampanoag Indians, led attacks against English towns in the colony of Plymouth. The war spread quickly, pitting a loose confederation of southeastern Algonquians against a coalition of English colonists. While it raged, colonial armies pursued enemy Indians through the swamps and woods of New England, and Indians attacked English farms and towns from Narragansett Bay to the Connecticut River Valley. Both sides, in fact, had pursued the war seemingly without restraint, killing women and children, torturing captives, and mutilating the dead. The fighting ended after Philip was shot, quartered, and beheaded in August 1676. The war's brutality compelled the colonists to defend themselves against accusations that they had become savages. But Jill Lepore makes clear that it was after the war--and because of it--that the boundaries between cultures, hitherto blurred, turned into rigid ones. King Philip's War became one of the most written-about wars in our history, and Lepore argues that the words strengthened and hardened feelings that, in turn, strengthened and hardened the enmity between Indians and Anglos. She shows how, as late as the nineteenth century, memories of the war were instrumental in justifying Indian removals--and how in our own century that same war has inspired Indian attempts to preserve "Indianness" as fiercely as the early settlers once struggled to preserve their Englishness. Telling the story of what may have been the bitterest of American conflicts, and its reverberations over the centuries, Lepore has enabled us to see how the ways in which we remember past events are as important in their effect on our history as were the events themselves
The whites of their eyes : the Tea Party's revolution and the battle over American history by Jill Lepore( Book )

16 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,618 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Asserts that the Tea Party movement prefers to rewrite the history of the American Revolution as anti-intellectual and antipluralist
New York burning : liberty, slavery, and conspiracy in eighteenth-century Manhattan by Jill Lepore( Book )

17 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,571 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s and the implications of the conspiracy in terms of American politics and history
The mansion of happiness : a history of life and death by Jill Lepore( Book )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 1,370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A history of American ideas about life and death includes coverage of topics ranging from the 17th-century Englishman who investigated a belief about life starting with eggs and the heated debates over Darwin's evolutionary findings to the role of the Space Age in changing views on planetary life to the 1970s trends in cryogenics."--Publishers description
The story of America : essays on origins by Jill Lepore( Book )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 968 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, the author investigates American origin stories, from John Smith's account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama's 2009 inaugural address, in order to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. It excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary. It presents readings of Benjamin Franklin's Way to Wealth, Thomas Paine's Common Sense, The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, and Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser-known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the Depression. From past to present, the author argues, Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories; here, she offers both a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself
Blindspot : by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise by Jane Kamensky( Book )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 921 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Boston in 1764, the sudden death of revolutionary leader Samuel Bradstreet causes Scottish portrait painter Stewart Jameson and his apprentice Francis Weston--who is really a fallen woman from an elite family disguised as a boy--to search for the truth
Encounters in the New World : a history in documents by Jill Lepore( Book )

8 editions published between 1999 and 2002 in English and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of documents illustrating encounters between Native American peoples and a variety of European newcomers from the fifteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Includes maps, journals, advertisements, and letters
A is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United States by Jill Lepore( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 793 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of the ways in which language was used in the early American republic to define national character and shape national boundaries focuses on the contributions of seven men who worked with alphabets, codes, and signs
Joe Gould's teeth by Jill Lepore( Book )

4 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 589 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called "The oral history of our time." Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E.E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould began his life's work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. "I am trying to preserve as much detail as I can about the normal life of every day people," he explained, because "as a rule, history does not deal with such small fry." By 1942, when The New Yorker published a profile of Gould written by the reporter Joseph Mitchell, Gould's manuscript had grown to more than nine million words. But when Gould died in 1957, in a mental hospital, the manuscript was nowhere to be found. Then, in 1964, in "Joe Gould's Secret," a second profile, Mitchell claimed that the book had been, all along, merely a figment of Gould's imagination. Lepore, unpersuaded, decided to find out. The result is a Poe-like tale of detection, madness, and invention. Digging through archives all over the country, Lepore unearthed evidence that "The oral history of our time" did in fact once exist. Relying on letters, scraps, and Gould's own diaries and notebooks--including volumes of his lost manuscript--Lepore argues that Joe Gould's real secret had to do with sex and the color line, with modernists' relationship to the Harlem Renaissance, and, above all, with Gould's terrifying obsession with the African American sculptor Augusta Savage. In ways that even Gould himself could not have imagined, what Gould wrote down really is a history of our time: unsettling and ferocious.--From dust jacket
Blindspot : by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise by Jane Kamensky( )

9 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Boston during the American Revolution, this tale weaves a tangled web of colorful characters ranging from painters and apprentices to revolutionary leaders that mixes together history, fiction, love, and mystery
The mansion of happiness a history of life and death by Jill Lepore( Recording )

7 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has written a strikingly original, ingeniously conceived and beautifully crafted history of American ideas about life and death from before the cradle to beyond the grave. Investigating the surprising origins of the stuff of everyday life, from board games to breast pumps, the author argues that the age of discovery, Darwin, and the Space Age turned ideas about life on earth topsy-turvy
Blindspot : a gentlman in exile and a lady in disguise by Jane Kamensky( Book )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 135 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Written with wit and exuberance by two longtime friends and accomplished historians and set in rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution, Blindspot ingeniously weaves together the stories of Scottish portrait painter and notorious libertine Stewart Jameson and Fanny Easton, a fallen woman from one of Boston's most powerful families who disguises herself as a boy to become Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice, Francis Weston"--Publisher's web site
Book of ages the life and opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore( Recording )

7 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, reveals how she was, like her brother, a passionate reader, gifted writer, and shrewd political commentator who made insightful observations about early America
Blindspot a novel by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise by Jane Kamensky( Recording )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Boston during the American Revolution, this tale weaves a tangled web of colorful characters ranging from painters and apprentices to revolutionary leaders that mixes together history, fiction, love, and mystery
The secret history of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore( )

3 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A riveting work that reveals the origin of one of American popular culture's most iconic figures--a story that hides within it not only a fascinating family saga but a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism. From the author of the National Book Award finalist Book of Ages. Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, no superhero has lasted as long or commanded so vast and wildly passionate a following. In the more than seven decades since she first appeared, her comic books have never been out of print. In years of interviews and archival research, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman's creator. Lepore has discovered that, from Marston's days as a Harvard undergraduate, he was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with the British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. In the 1920s, Marston and his wife brought into their home, as Marston's mistress, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential figures of the twentieth century. The Marston family story--a house of one man, three women, and four children--is a story of drama, intrigue, and irony. In the 1930s, Marston and Sanger's niece together wrote a regular column for Family Circle celebrating conventional family life, even as they pursued a life of extraordinary nonconformity. No less fascinating is Marston's role as the inventor of the lie detector. Internationally known as an expert on truth, he lived a life of secrets--only to spill them on the pages of the Wonder Woman comics he began writing in 1941
New York burning liberty, slavery, and conspiracy in eighteenth-century Manhattan by Jill Lepore( Recording )

5 editions published between 2005 and 2009 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A chronicle of an alleged eighteenth-century slave conspiracy to destroy New York City explores the social and political climate of the 1730s and 1740s and the implications of the conspiracy in terms of American politics and history
Blindspot : a novel by Jane Kamensky( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Boston in 1764, the sudden death of revolutionary leader Samuel Bradstreet causes Scottish portrait painter Stewart Jameson and his apprentice Francis Weston, to search for the truth. Jameson is a Scottish portrait painter who, having fled his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on America's far shores. Eager to begin anew in this new world, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all. Fanny Easton is a lady in disguise, a young, fallen woman from Boston's most prominent family; she becomes Jameson's defiant and seductive apprentice, Francis Weston. Liberty is what everyone's seeking in boisterous, rebellious Boston on the eve of the American Revolution. But everyone suffers from a kind of blind spot, too. Jameson, distracted by his haunted past, can't see that Fanny is a woman; Fanny, consumed with her own masquerade, can't tell that Jameson is falling in love with her. The city's Sons of Liberty can't quite see their way clear, either. "Ably do they see the shackles Parliament fastens about them," Jameson writes, "but to the fetters they clasp upon their own slaves, they are strangely blind."
Joe Gould's teeth by Jill Lepore( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the long-lost, longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called "The Oral History of Our Time." Joe Gould, a madman, believed he was the most brilliant historian of the twentieth century. So did some of his friends, a group of modernist writers and artists that included E. E. Cummings, Marianne Moore, William Carlos Williams, John Dos Passos, and Ezra Pound. Gould began his life's work before the First World War, announcing that he intended to write down nearly everything anyone ever said to him. "I am trying to preserve as much detail as I can about the normal life of every day people," he explained, because "as a rule, history does not deal with such small fry." By 1942, when The New Yorker published a profile of Gould written by the reporter Joseph Mitchell, Gould's manuscript had grown to more than nine million words. But when Gould died in 1957, in a mental hospital, the manuscript was nowhere to be found. Then, in 1964, in "Joe Gould's Secret," a second profile, Mitchell claimed that "The Oral History of Our Time" had been, all along, merely a figment of Gould's imagination. Lepore, unpersuaded, decided to find out. Joe Gould's Teeth is a Poe-like tale of detection, madness, and invention. Digging through archives all over the country, Lepore unearthed evidence that "The Oral History of Our Time" did in fact once exist. Relying on letters, scraps, and Gould's own diaries and notebooks--including volumes of his lost manuscript--Lepore argues that Joe Gould's real secret had to do with sex and the color line, with modernists' relationship to the Harlem Renaissance, and, above all, with Gould's terrifying obsession with the African American sculptor Augusta Savage. In ways that even Gould himself could not have imagined, what Gould wrote down really is a history of our time: unsettling and ferocious
 
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The whites of their eyes : the Tea Party's revolution and the battle over American history
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Jill Lepore American historian

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The whites of their eyes : the Tea Party's revolution and the battle over American historyNew York burning : liberty, slavery, and conspiracy in eighteenth-century ManhattanBlindspot : by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in DisguiseEncounters in the New World : a history in documentsA is for American : letters and other characters in the newly United StatesBlindspot : by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in DisguiseBlindspot : a gentlman in exile and a lady in disguiseBlindspot a novel by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise