Photo Vomit [#6]: Well-Read Women by Samantha Hahn

Well-Read Women [Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines]
Chronicle Books | Hardcover, 112 pages
Published August 27th, 2013
Non-Fiction
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:

 “All right…I’m glad it’s a girl and I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool. “ 
– Daisy Buchanan The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
“This sensation of listlessness, weariness, stupidity, this disinclination to sit down and employ myself, this feeling of every thing’s being dull and insipid about the house! I must be in love; I should be the oddest creature in the world if I were not – for a few weeks at least.” 
– Emma Woodhouse, Emma by Jane Austen  
 “I was a daisy-fresh girl, and look what you’ve done to me.” 

– Dolores Haze, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
 “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

– Catherine Earnshaw, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
“If you knew how great is a mother’s love…you would have no fear.”

– Wendy Darling, Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
 “Our souls are knit into one, for all life and all time.”

– Mina Harker, Dracula by Bram Stoker
“A lady’s imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.” 

– Elizabeth Bennet, Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. 
  • Tendre Galette

    Très beau livre, merci !

  • This is a gorgeous book! I love books about books with pretty pictures…

  • I have a bunch of art books and should really spend an afternoon looking through some of them. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Jen @ YA Romantics

  • Ohh, awesome post Joy 😀 Sounds like an interesting book. Not sure if the art is my thing, but a few of those pictures look pretty. Glad you mostly enjoyed this 🙂 Thank you for sharing. <3

  • wow it's so beautiful, I just love the pictures.

  • I love coffee table books, but I've found I enjoy either travel ones or ones with real photographs of places around the world. I love the cover of this, but the rest I'm not sure of. I don't love watercolor paintings for some reason. I'm weird, I guess. It does have a lovely cover though.

  • What a beautiful book, I want it! Adding it to my santa wishlist, lol.

  • I love it! So pretty…what a great coffee table book!

  • Ooohh, I love this. What a great book to have out for guests to look at too. I might have to get this.

  • Wow, you always pick up the prettiest books Joy, love the book! It's gorgeous and the quotes are pretty memorable.

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • Wow it looks gorgeous! So much pretty art! I've never read this type of book before so it was cool to see something different.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex