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"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

"Absolutely stunning." - Bust.com

"Exquisite." - Entertainment Weekly

"Gorgeous." - Redbook

"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

"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

"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

"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'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

"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

"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

"The portraits are breathtaking - sometimes tender, sometimes intense, always thoughtfully evocative of each heroine's persona and sensibility." - Brain Pickings

About the Author

Samantha Hahn is a New York–based painter known for her ethereal watercolors and fashion illustrations. Her work has been exhibited internationally.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452114153
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452114156
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is such a beautifully crafted and thoughtful book. Got mine yesterday and I've already decided I'm giving a copy to every woman I know this Christmas! The beautiful details just blow me away. And I know I will refer back to it through the years, whenever I need a little inspiration or guidance...the kind only a classic literary heroine can give.
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I love this gloriously beautiful book. Samantha Hahn's stunning watercolors and quotations from these wonderful classics are exquisite. They bring those characters back to life for me along with fond memories of these many beloved books. Magical!
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I bought this book for my mother-in-law and can't wait to give it to her! I would highly recommend it for all the interesting women in your life. Beautiful to look at with dreamy illustrations celebrating well-known literary females.
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I loved this book.
It has memorable quotes that are beautifully illustrated.
It would make a lovely gift for any woman of discriminating taste.
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This book may be more directed at women, but my wife and daughter urged me to read it. Honestly, it's classy and distinctive. Makes a great gift.
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By jolie on September 23, 2013
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gorgeous water colors conjure up the essence and character of these interesting heroines. the artist brings visual form to the beauty of the written words. you'll turn to this beautiful book and back to the original text and then back again, again and again. A must have for any lover of women, art and literature.
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what a phenomenal book, so glad i got a heads up from a co-worker on this book. buying more copies asap. can't decide which picture is my favorite!!!
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This is such a wonderfully beautiful and inspiring book. Ms. Hahn's illustrations are absolutely gorgeous and brings new life to these well-known characters.
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