Publications

2008
Blindspot:  A Novel by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise
Lepore, J, and J Kamensky. 2008. Blindspot: A Novel by a Gentleman in Exile and a Lady in Disguise. New York: Spiegel & Grau/Random House. Website Abstract

New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Blindspot is a twenty-first century novel in eighteenth-century garb. It plays with the conventions of eighteenth-century novels, newspapers, portraits, and histories. Novels look for a different kind of truth than history books, and while Blindspot is fiction, it relies on our work as historians, on every page. Much that happens in the novel is based on actual events and adapted from archival evidence chronicling both ordinary life and extraordinary transformations. The American Revolution. The Enlightenment. The eighteenth century’s bawdiness, its anticlericalism, its obsessions with wit and sham and rank and pleasure. A few of Blindspot’s characters were inspired by real people; many of its buildings are based on buildings that still stand; its portraits resemble paintings that now hang on the walls of American museums. A sizable number of very short passages in the text are taken nearly verbatim from eighteenth-century letters, newspapers, account books, diaries, sermons, novels, poems, riddles, philosophical treatises, and legal records. We quoted, we borrowed, we took liberties. But we also kept faith with the past. --Jane Kamensky and Jill Lepore

Lepore, J. 2008. “"The Creed: What Poor Richard cost Benjamin Franklin".” The New Yorker. Article
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Lepore, J. 2008. ““Rock, Paper, Scissors: How we used to vote”.” The New Yorker. Article
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Lepore, J. 2008. “"Our Own Devices: Does technology drive history?"” The New Yorker. Article
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Lepore, J. 2008. “"Bound for Glory: Writing campaign lives".” The New Yorker. Article
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2007
Lepore, J. 2007. “"The Meaning of Life: What Milton Bradley started".” The New Yorker.
Lepore, J, M Kramer, and W Call. 2007. ““The Historian as Writer".” Telling True Stories: A Nonfiction Writer’s Guide. New York: Plume.
Lepore, J. 2007. “"Vast Designs: How America came of age".” The New Yorker. Article
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