In Why She Wrote, dive into the fascinating, unexpected, and inspiring stories behind the greatest women writers in the English language.
This compelling graphic collection features 18 women—including Jane Austen, Louisa May Alcott, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Anne Lister, and more—and asks a simple question: in a time when being a woman writer often meant being undervalued, overlooked, or pigeonholed, why did she write?
Why did Jane Austen struggle to write for five years before her first novel was ever published? How did Edith Maude Eaton's writing change the narrative around Chinese immigrant workers in North America? Why did the Brontë sisters choose to write under male pen-names, and Anne Lister write her personal diaries in code?
Learn about women writers from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries, from familiar favourites to those who have undeservedly fallen into obscurity, and their often untold histories, including:
The forgotten mother of the gothic genre
The unexpected success ofLittle Women
The diaries of the "first modern lesbian"
The lawsuit to protectLittle Lord Fauntleroy
The personal account of a mastectomy in 1811
Austen's struggles with writer's block
And much, much more!
Why She Wrote highlights a significant moment from each writer's life and retells it through engaging and accessible comics, along with biographical text, bibliographies, and fun facts. For aspiring writers, literary enthusiasts, and the Janeite who has everything, this new collection highlights these incredible women's hardships, their influence, and the spark that called them to write.