Why She Wrote by Lauren Burke, Hannah K. Chapman, Illustrated by Kaley Bales

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

Rating: 5 out of 5.

‘Why She Wrote’ is a graphic novel illustrating the most remarkable moments of the famous classic women writers during the 18th and 19th centuries. The authors tried to capture the different aspects of these writers and portrayed it beautifully. It’s no doubt that the eminence can’t be captured in a 300-page book. But the most one can do is celebrate their becoming. And that’s what I love about the book the most.

It celebrates not just authors and their works, but their becoming. Their stories, their similarities. How each of them inspired the other and why they disguised under a different name. As a fan of women writers and classics. I loved each snippet. The illustrations are neat and beautiful. This book can be read by any age group. There would be something new to learn and know for everyone. I would love to reread it sometime later in a paperback or hardcover format.

I’ll love to see if they decide to make a sequel of this for more female writers of the 19th and 20th century too. I would love to see an illustrated version extending to Virginia Woolf and Sylvia Plath.

Thanks to Netgalley and Chronicle Books for an advanced copy for review. It was a delight reading this book. And I would buy a hard copy when it’s released. It’s just that good.

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