Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan
Date Read: October 2014
Jane Austen’s six novels are true classics, still immensely popular some 200 years after their first publication. But although the celebrated stories never change, the covers are always different. Jane Austen Cover to Cover compiles two centuries of design, from elegant Victorian hardcovers and the famed 1894 “Peacock” edition to 1950s pulp, movie tie-in editions, graphic novels, foreign-language translations, and many, many others. Filled with beautiful artwork and insightful commentary, this fascinating and visually intriguing collection is a must for Janeites, design geeks, and book lovers of every stripe.
Publisher: Quirk Books
Read/Looked for Review (Quirk)
Overall Rating: 5.00
Photograph Rating: 5.00
History Rating: 5.00
Review: Words cannot express how much I LOVED Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan. If you are a Jane Austen fan there is plenty of history in this about the covers, printings, and tidbits about Jane. If you are a cover fan, you will love the 100s of ways these covers have been imagined (both English and non-English covers). This went on my Jane Austen shelf and I saw several covers I would love to get my hands on! This is a MUST for any Austenite!
Favorites: Oddly enough my favorite covers were of my least favorite book: Persuasion! Though I can see where that one gives to a lot of creative freedom!
Least Favorites: I hate this trend on YA and Erotic novels. So it is no surprise I didn’t like Jane Austen getting the treatment: The flower, apple, whatever cover!
PS: Perhaps my favorite giggle moment was the “bodice ripper” inspired covers. They could have given Harlequin and Avon a run for their money!