Well-Read Women [Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines]
Chronicle Books | Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 27th, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
My first Photo Vomit feature of 2014 is what I would consider a Picture Book for Grown-Ups. It is a collection of watercolour drawn portraits of literature’s most memorable heroines. I do have reservations on the title of the book though. I thought it would’ve been more appropriate to call it, “Most-Read Women”, which implies that the women featured in the book are famous women read by millions of people. Granted some of these women are also well-read but the common denominator amongst them is their unforgettable quality.
I’ve been a huge fan of Art books, but when Art and Literature are combined into one drool-worthy publication, nothing can keep me from picking up a copy. All in all, there are about 53 women drawn in their most vulnerable, exposed, and admirable selves. They are in love, they are broken; they are lost. The portraits are vivid – the quotes, even more so. I’d like to apologize in advance because I don’t think I’ve given this work of art enough justice. But anyway, here are some that I’ve picked from the book: