Well-Read Women : Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines
Seeing the faces of literature's most memorable female characters - from Anna Karenina's icy grey gaze to Scarlett O'Hara's sensual open-lipped pout - will stir up treasured memories for every reader who has been dazzled by a well-written woman. Celebrated artist Samantha Hahn brings these bookish beauties vividly to life in 50 watercolour portraits and hand-lettered quotations straight from the lips of the leading ladies. Each is, in her own way, stunning. And Hahn's pairing of art and text captures all the individuality and voice of the characters as they were originally written. With a silkscreened cloth spine and debossed cover to recall the tactile appeal of vintage tomes and uncoated pages that feel like watercolour paper, this collection will become a new classic in every nostalgic book lover's library.
- Hardback | 112 pages
- 199 x 235 x 15.24mm | 521.63g
- 01 Sep 2013
- CHRONICLE BOOKS
- San Francisco, United States
"Gorgeous...exquisite in every way.... I can't take my hands off of this book - I seriously love it and will definitely be buying copies to give to my friends" -- Decor8 "Absolutely stunning." - Bust.com "Samantha Hahn's lush and dreamy illustrations capture the hearts of literature's most adored heroines. They're all here-Clarissa Dalloway, Dorothea Brooke, Nancy Drew-and each one is drawn so magnificently that their authors would rejoice as we rejoice, and tear the pages from this book to hang on their walls." - Emma Straub, author, Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures "Samantha Hahn's exuberant watercolors paired with sharply chosen quotes feel at once nostalgic and modern, stylish and genuine. All qualities befitting the complex women she renders." - Stella Bugbee, editorial director, New York magazine/thecut.com "These women are important. They illuminate the world. So read, read, read their words. And learn what life is." -Maira Kalman, artist, author And the Pursuit of Happiness "The perfect collection of our favorite fictional heroines brought to life in gorgeous illustrations by the immensely talented Samantha Hahn-it's destined to become a classic and inspire readers and artists alike." - Christiane Lemieux, CEO, DwellStudio, and author, Undecorate "Richly illustrated and exquisitely hand-lettered, Well-Read Women is the perfect convergence of literature and art-and a wonderful gift for any passionate reader. I have devoured it already several times over." - Lisa Congdon, artist and illustrator "Gorgeous." - Redbook "The portraits are breathtaking - sometimes tender, sometimes intense, always thoughtfully evocative of each heroine's persona and sensibility." - Brain Pickings "Samantha Hahn's Well-Read Women: Portraits of Fiction's Most Beloved Heroines (Chronicle) is absolutely gorgeous and has inspired me to read some new titles. I'm still deciding which is my favorite spread; it changes each time I open this book." - LibraryJournal.com "Samantha Hahn has a knack for capturing the fluidity of a costume and the gloss of an eye or lip." - New York Times Book Review "Exquisite." - Entertainment Weekly
About Samantha Hahn
Samantha Hahn is an in-demand painter whose illustrations feature feminine subjects in delicate pens, dreamy colored inks, and winsome watercolors. She is now the official illustrator for DailyCandy, and her other clients have included Anthropologie, American Greetings, Victoria's Secret, Shutterfly, Johnson & Johnson, Glamour, BUST, Potter Style, and so many more top brands.