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Jill Lepore

JILL LEPORE is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her books include the New York Times best seller The Secret History of Wonder Woman and Book of Ages, a finalist for the National Book Award. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
JILL LEPORE is available for select readings and lectures. To inquire about a possible appearance, please contact Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau at speakers@penguinrandomhouse.com or visit www.prhspeakers.com.

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The Autobiography and Other Writings
Written by Benjamin Franklin, Introduction by Jill Lepore
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | September 2015
$26.95/34.95(Canada) | 978-1-101-90760-3 (1-101-90760-6)

Benjamin Franklin’s account of his rise from poverty and obscurity to affluence and fame has charmed every generation of readers since it first appeared. Begun as a collection of anecdotes for his son, the memoir grew into a history of his remarkable achievements in the literary, scientific, and political realms. A... Read more

Written by Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore
Spiegel & Grau | Trade Paperback | December 2009
$17.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-385-52620-3 (0-385-52620-2)

Stewart Jameson, a Scottish portrait painter fleeing his debtors in Edinburgh, has washed up on the British Empire's far shores—in the city of Boston, lately seized with the spirit of liberty. Eager to begin anew, he advertises for an apprentice, but the lad who comes knocking is no lad at all... Read more

A Is for American
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70408-6 (0-375-70408-6)

What ties Americans to one another? What unifies a nation of citizens with different racial, religious and ethnic backgrounds? These were the dilemmas faced by Americans in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries as they sought ways to bind the newly United States together.

In A is for American, award-winning historian Jill... Read more

Book of Ages
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2014
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-307-94883-0 (0-307-94883-8)


NPR • Time Magazine • The Washington Post • Entertainment Weekly The Boston Globe


From one of our most accomplished and widely admired historians—a revelatory portrait of Benjamin Franklin's youngest sister, Jane, whose...

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Joe Gould's Teeth
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2017
$16.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-97179-6 (1-101-97179-7)

From New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore, the dark, spellbinding tale of her restless search for the missing longest book ever written, a century-old manuscript called “The Oral History of Our Time.”

Joe Gould’s Teeth is a Poe-like tale of detection, madness, and invention. Digging through archives all over... Read more

The Mansion of Happiness
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 2013
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47645-6 (0-307-47645-6)

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.
How does life begin? What does it mean? What happens when we die? “All anyone can...

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The Name of War
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 1999
$17.95/23.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70262-4 (0-375-70262-8)

Winner of the Bancroft Prize

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."
    The... Read more

New York Burning
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 2006
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-1-4000-3226-6 (1-4000-3226-1)

Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Anisfield-Wolf Award Winner

In New York Burning, Bancroft Prize-winning historian Jill Lepore recounts these dramatic events of 1741, when ten fires blazed across Manhattan and panicked whites suspecting it to be the work a slave uprising went on a rampage. In the end, thirteen black men were burned at the...

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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Written by Jill Lepore
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2015
$16.95/19.95(Canada) | 978-0-8041-7340-7 (0-8041-7340-0)

A riveting work of historical detection revealing that the origin of Wonder Woman, one of the world’s most iconic superheroes, hides within it a fascinating family story—and a crucial history of twentieth-century feminism

Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers...

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