Women Writers (Women in the Arts Series)by Rebecca Hazell
Professional writing has traditionally been a male occupation, but from the beginning of time exceptional women
Abbeville Kids proudly introduces the first title in the Women in the Arts collection, a unique, illustrated series that shares the fascinating lives and celebrates the remarkable achievements of creative women from many cultures and historical periods.
Professional writing has traditionally been a male occupation, but from the beginning of time exceptional women have refused such restrictions on their intellect and creativity and have produced important and influential poetry, stories, novels, and plays. From ancient Sumerian priestess Enheduanna's poetic praises for her patron goddess Inanna to nineteenth-century English novelist Jane Austen's witty romances that quietly challenged social convention, and from Beatrix Potter's whimsical and timelessly popular animal tales to Harlem Renaissance writer Zora Neale Hurston's vivid and powerful portrayals of the African-American experience, the written word has become an effective way for women of all times and cultures to express an inspirational and often controversial chorus of new perspectives on universal themes such as love, relationships, faith, death, and the meaning of life. This richly illustrated collection of eighteen biographies reaches across the boundaries of place, time, race, and social status to bring together for today's young readers and writers a diversity of encouraging stories behind these extraordinary voices.
Each female writer's life and work is surveyed in-depth, from intimate childhood epiphanies and initial inclinations toward writing through all of the personal and social challenges faced as a woman struggling for literary success in each place and time. Author and illustrator Rebecca Hazell knowledgeably and sensitively weaves lively, detailed tapestries of each woman, including expressive watercolor and gouache portraits painted in the artistic style of the historical period in which each particular woman thrived. Furthermore, these fascinating biographies are arranged by themean opening section on women who wrote for children; another on those whose main topic was love; a third section devoted to women exploring the challenges of today's world; and a last of women who entwined spirituality with their poems and storiesthreading these women together into a literary community unto itself. Also featuring a bibliography for further reading and research, Women Writers is an ideal classroom reference in addition to the perfect, inspirational gift book for any budding writer.
Other details: Full-color illustrations throughout
Author Biography: Rebecca Hazell is an accomplished watercolor and needlepoint artist, children's book author, and novelist who has published numerous children's books internationally, including Abbeville's Heroines: Great Women Through the Ages and Heroes: Great Men Through the Ages. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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