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Women who write are dangerous / Stefan Bollmann ; foreword by Francine Prose.
First Abbeville Press edition, Revised edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Abbeville Press, 2018.
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167 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 21 cm
General Note:
A previous editon of this book was published in German in 2006 by Elisabeth Sandmann Verlag. Munich, under the title Frauen, die schrieben, leben gefahrlich and in English in 2007 by Merrell Publishers, London, under the title Women Who Write.
"This sequel to the best-selling Women Who Read are Dangerous features portraits and profiles of forty-seven trailblazing women authors past and present. It will offer insight, inspiration--and a little danger--to every reader." -- from back cover.
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A sequel to the best-selling Women Who Read Are Dangerous , presenting portraits and profiles of fearless women writers past and present

Writing has not always been considered a suitable career for women. Indeed, it was once common for women authors to adopt a masculine pseudonym in order to be taken seriously. And even today, some women writers still struggle to obtain the same recognition that is given to their male counterparts. Nevertheless, women throughout the ages have overcome these obstacles to create literature of enduring importance.

This attractive book brings together paintings, drawings, prints, and photographs of some fifty outstanding women authors, from Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, and George Sand to Dorothy Parker, Simone de Beauvoir, and Toni Morrison. Each image is accompanied by an engaging commentary on the writer depicted, discussing the highlights of her career and the major themes of her work. Full of insight and inspiration, this is the perfect gift for any woman who writes.

Author Notes

Stefan Bollmann , author of Abbeville's best-selling Women Who Read Are Dangerous , lives in Munich.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bollmann (Women Who Read Are Dangerous) has put together a handsome compilation of images and short biographical essays on female writers in this coffee-table volume. He covers prose authors ranging in time from the medieval nun Hildegard of Bingen to such contemporary authors as Elena Ferrante and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and in status from literary figures such as George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Simone de Beauvoir to bestsellers such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Agatha Christie. Perhaps the book's most moving portion is devoted to writers who died in the 1940s at the hands of Nazis, including Anne Frank, Irène Némirovsky, and Sophie Scholl; indeed, readers may wish Bollmann had said more about them. While the prospect of a male author telling these women's stories may give some pause, in a world in which women's writing is still routinely underreviewed and underrated, a book celebrating this work will always be a welcome contribution. Both those who know these writers well and newcomers to their work should enjoy this excursion into the rich waters of literature written by women. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Bollmann follows up Women Who Read Are Dangerous with a well-intentioned book that at times reinscribes the deleterious historical and literary practices that kept women out of the canon and away from careers as "serious" professional writers. For example, the chapter on medieval authors Christine de Pisan, Saint Hildegard of Bingen, and Madeleine de Scudéry is titled "The Ancestors of Women Who Write." Would Bollmann refer to their male contemporaries such as Chaucer as "The Ancestors of Men Who Write," or simply "The Ancestors of Writers"? That caveat aside, the work remains a timely response to the ongoing lack of attention paid to female authors. As novelist Francine Prose indicates in her introduction, "We will continue to need books such as this until [the value of women's writing] seems as obvious, as self-evident, as it is." VERDICT As a coffee-table book, with full-color images of the women profiled, including Jane Austen, the Brontës, George Sand, Astrid Lindgren, Virginia Woolf, Sylvia Plath, Dorothy Parker, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, this is a lovely project. Still, Bollmann relies too heavily on historically inaccurate stereotypes for the appeal to extend to readers who already possess some sense of the richness and complexity of the subject.-Emily Bowles, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.