Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers

Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers

In Why She Wrote, dive into the fascinating, unexpected, and inspiring stories behind the greatest women writers in the English language.

This compelling graphic collection features 18 women—including Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Anne Lister, and more—and asks a simple question: in a time when being a woman writer often meant being undervalued, overlooked, or pigeonholed, why did she write?

Why did Jane Austen struggle to write for five years before her first novel was ever published? How did Edith Maude Eaton's writing change the narrative around Chinese immigrant workers in North America? Why did the Brontë sisters choose to write under male pennames, and Anne Lister write her personal diaries in code?

Learn about women writers from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, from familiar favorites to those who have undeservedly fallen into obscurity, and their often untold histories, including:

• The forgotten mother of the gothic genre
• The unexpected success of Little Women
• The diaries of the "first modern lesbian"
• The lawsuit to protect Little Lord Fauntleroy
• The personal account of a mastectomy in 1811
• Austen's struggles with writer's block
• And much, much more!

Why She Wrote highlights a significant moment from each writer's life and retells it through engaging and accessible comics, along with biographical text, bibliographies, and fun facts. For aspiring writers, literary enthusiasts, and the Janeite who has everything, this new collection highlights these incredible women's hardships, their influence, and the spark that called them to write.

• GREAT GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR ALL AGES: Librarians and teachers recommend graphic novels for readers of all ages, especially beloved nonfiction titles like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Raina Telgemeier's Smile, Sisters, and Guts. Immerse yourself in the stories of these fascinating women through the fun, approachable, and dynamic medium of the graphic novel!
• CELEBRATION OF WOMEN WRITERS: Want to read more books by historical women writers, but aren't sure where to start? The stories and bibliographies of the women featured in Why She Wrote is an inspirational deep dive.
• OVERVIEW OF WOMEN'S HISTORY: Add it to the shelf alongside other collections of women's history, including Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky, Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu, and Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for Their Rights by Mikki Kendall and A. D'Amico.

Title:Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers
ISBN:9781797202099
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    Why She Wrote: A Graphic History of the Lives, Inspiration, and Influence Behind the Pens of Classic Women Writers Reviews

  • Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    A-M-A-ZING!This is the kind of book I didn't know I was waiting for my entire reading life!I have read too many graphic novels all these years but something like this is a first!Women authors. Most fa...

  • R

    This was an interesting book about 18 classic women writers during their time period and why they wrote. For example, Charlotte Bronte knew that after her dad died their home would be given back to th...

  • TS Chan

    ARC received from publisher, Chronicle Books, in exchange for an honest review. As I continue my endeavour to read more classics and heading into the new year with fresh reading resolutions, Why She W...

  • Celeste

    I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher, Chronicle Books, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Why She Wrote is not a book I would have stumbled upon without NetGalley, an...

  • ?erin?

    this was soooo adorable!!! loved this and it's such a unique idea. this part is a personal critique but netgalley made it extremely hard to read this. idk why but it was nearly impossible to scroll....

  • Lisa |  Read Between the Spines

    *I received an e-ARC of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.*I found the premise for Why She Wrote to be super interesting. The introduction made me super exci...

  • Shruti Z

    Why she wrote, a personal frank and dynamic view on authoress who ruled the literary world of 18th and 19th century. It is a splendid collection with lesbian history, their drive to write and the best...

  • Kru

    A very beautifully illustrated compilation of anecdotes from the lives of 18 of the wonderful women authors, most influential pioneers who successfully brought down barriers, idols of every girl that ...

  • ?acarena

    Wonderful! Original, inspiring and very informative.The reasons why those eighteen women started writing are indeed the same. Some of them had more reasons to add, such as earning money to help their ...

  • Kelsey Mahoney (The Reading Nook)

    Pub Date: April 20, 2021I adored this one! It was so beautifully illustrated and the concept of focusing on women authors of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries - who pioneered the lit scene for women -...