Monday, February 7, 2011

Beautiful Covers - Part 2

Francois Pascal Simon
Darcy's Voyage: A tale of uncharted love on the open seas (Pride & Prejudice Continues)
One of the biggest advantages of having a publisher is the quality of the covers. With so many Pride and Prejudice re-imaginings, there were bound to be similarities. But there is one lady who has appeared on at least three covers and with good reason: She is beautiful and exquisitely attired, a perfect example of a lady of wealth from the Regency Era, and someone who very easily meets the description of our dark-haired, dark-eyed Elizabeth Bennet. And who is this lovely lady? Juliette Recamier, born in Lyon, France in 1777, "a French society leader, whose salon drew Parisians from the leading literary and political circles of the early 19th century."

Mr. Darcy's Obsession (Pride & Prejudice Continues)

Jane and the Madness of Lord Byron: Being A Jane Austen Mystery
The portrait above left is by Francois Pascal Simon, but Madame was also painted by Jacques Louis David, Napoleon's favorite painter and supporter and friend of Robespierre, a leader during the French Terror. Madame lived a long and full life, and you can find her biography at Wikipedia. But for our purposes, we are interested in her as an artist's model, and to judge by her popularitiy, the perfect Elizabeth Bennet.

This discussion of covers will continue tomorrow when Jennifer Becton, the author of Charlotte Collins, discusses why she chose the particular cover for her self-published debut novel. Jennifer's book is receiving excellent reviews from bloggers and readers, so please stop by and visit and let us know what you think.


  1. I think she is a beautiful person and is a good choice for the covers. However, I think it's confusing to have it on so many similar books. And isn't it just a bit odd to have a French woman on books related to the English when of course they had been trying to fend off Napoleon? Just a thought.

  2. It is ironic that she is French, but I think she fits the description of Elizabeth quite nicely. Also, the painting is in the public domain--no royalties have to be paid. That's certainly an incentive for the publisher!

  3. I love this picture. She is truly a beautiful woman. But for me she does not look like Elizabeth, maybe a Lydia.
    But have noticed the she graced the cover of the the Pride and Prejudice adaptations and think they are wonderful covers. I also have read both stories and think they are wonderful. Now I will have to go and read the story behind the beautiful woman on the cover.

  4. Thanks Mary. I understand the reasoning.