The Loyal Son: The War in
Ben Franklin’s House

with Author Daniel Mark Epstein

Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America’s founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness – even his grandfatherly appearance – are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin’s biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William.

A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of America’s most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America.

A wine & cheese reception will follow.
The Hickory Stick Bookshop will provide books for sale & signing.

Daniel Mark Epstein is the author of biographies of Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, Aimee Semple McPherson, Nat King Cole, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as nine volumes of poetry. His verse has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Epstein the Rome Prize in 1977 and an Arts and Letters Award in 2006. Daniel lives in Baltimore.

Thursday, August 1, 7 – 8 pm

Free
Registration is required.
A wine & cheese reception will follow.

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street
Litchfield

860.567.8030
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