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."
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.