Literary Art: Samantha Hahn’s Well Read Women

If you’re like me and hadn’t heard about illustrator Samantha Hahn until her book “Well Read Women: Portraits of Fiction’s Most Beloved Heroines” hit the shelves, we’ve all been missing out. Hahn’s wok is delicate and feminine and her book, a collection of 50 watercolor portraits, is captivating.

Reading, in my mind, is innately visual and Hahn’s portraits of Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, Ophelia—characters so dear to my heart—truly bring these women off the page.

art4wVertical.well-read-women-juliet-capulet                                                                                                           Juliet Capulet of Romeo and Juliet
                                                                                                   Isabel Archer of The Portrait of a Lady

art1                                                                                                     Daisy Buchanan of The Great Gatsby

WellReadWomen_ScarlettOHara                                                                                                     Scarlette O’Hara of Gone With the Wind

art2_Ophelia                                                                                                                             Ophelia of Hamlet

With Christmas here before we know it, this would make the ideal gift for any book lover (hint, hint Brady!) and what a perfect way to attract young readers to literary classics.



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