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Forbidden Fruit

A History of Women and Books in Art

written by Christiane Inmann

Prestel | ISBN 9783791340777

Hardback – 208 pages


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From Sappho to Mary Wollstonecraft, extraordinary women have exposed other women to the world of letters and the freedom it brings. This unique cross-cultural account highlights the accomplishments of women writers and educated women, and provides beautiful reproductions of renowned artworks that illustrate their achievements and the worlds they inhabited, thereby also tracing the social functions portraits of reading women, and the books they read. The book examines the changing circumstances of women's access to literature and education throughout the centuries in different cultures and societies. Readers are treated to profiles of Ban Zhao, Murasaki Shikibu, Christine de Pisan, Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Phillis Wheatley and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among many others. Artists featured inclue Holbein, Gainsborough, Klimt, Lichtenstein, Balthus and Gerhard Richter. The result is a beautifully illustrated cultural history of women reading, as fascinating as the accomplishments it honours.

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