Welcome to my stop on The Madwoman Upstairs blog tour! I’m delighted to welcome Catherine Lowell to Pretty Books to chat about her favourite heroines from the classics.
Literature has given us no shortage of intelligent, adventuresome, and strong women to look up to. Here are the ones who top my list!
Penelope, The Odyssey
Clever, independent, and wise. Her husband might be the one at war, but she’s able to hold her own in a dangerous situation.
Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Whip-smart and witty—Lizzy is the ultimate role model. A cliché but necessary addition to the list!
Anne Frank, The Diary of Anne Frank
Here is a truly unique protagonist—someone so young and yet so courageous and insightful. Her heartbreaking and beautiful diary guaranteed her wish: “I want to go on living even after my death.”
Cimorene, Dealing with Dragons
My favorite heroine from a young adult novel. A princess who finds herself stuck in an arranged marriage, Cimorene runs away from home to go live with some kindly dragons.
Beatrice, Much Ado About Nothing
Another smart, strong, and spirited heroine with a gift for brilliant repartee. She manages to combine a fierce independence with a hidden kindness and warmth.
Who are your favourite heroines from classic lit?
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