WHAT IS LOST: JANE FRANKLIN AND THE GREAT MAN SYNDROME: My October Column at Bookslut

"I know the most Insignificant creature on Earth may be made some Use of in the Scale of Beings, may Touch some Spring, or Verge to some wheel unpercived by us." --Jane Franklin, In a Letter to her Brother, 1786 "One Half of the World does not know how the other Half lives." --Benjamin Franklin, …

“Arm Yourself Against My Dawn”: Revisiting Jean Strouse’s groundbreaking biography of Alice James

In a colorful, chatty, and ironically self-aggrandizing letter to her Aunt Kate, Alice James concludes with a quip: "Forgive me all this egotism but I have to be my own Boswell." Alice James had to wait nearly a century, but she eventually found her Boswell in Jean Strouse. First published in 1980, Strouse's dazzling, bold, …