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Dreams / Sogni, 1896, by Vittorio Matteo Corcos, woman sitting on bench, pile of books to her right, on cover of 'Women Who Read Are Dangerous', by Abbeville Press.

Women Who Read Are Dangerous

By (author) Stefan Bollmann


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  • Stefan Bollmann explores what is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries this popular subject, in more than 70 artworks
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As the book’s provocative title indicates, a woman reading was once viewed as radical. In chapters – such as: Intimate Moments and The Search for Oneself – Bollmann profiles how a woman with a book was once seen as idle or suspect and how women have gained autonomy through reading over the years. Bollmann offers intelligent and engaging commentary on each work of art in Women Who Read Are Dangerous, telling us who the subject is, her relationship to the artist, and even what she is reading. With works ranging from a 1333 Annunciation painting of the angel Gabriel speaking to the Virgin Mary, book in hand, to 20th-century works, such as a stunning photograph of Marilyn Monroe reading Ulysses, this appealing survey provides a veritable slideshow of the many iterations of a woman and her book; a compelling subject to this day.

An excellent gift for graduates, teachers, or Mother’s Day, this elegant book should appeal to anyone interested in art, literature, or women’s history.

Abbeville Press
1st Jul 2020
World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia
203 mm x 203 mm
156 Pages
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