Monday, November 10, 2014
Book Review: "Jane Austen Cover to Cover" by Margaret C. Sullivan
This book comes to me at kind of the perfect time. I am currently taking a class that looks at Modern Publishing and Librarianship and much of what is discussed here falls into what we've talked about in class. For this reason, I would not say that this is a basic overview of just book covers. There is more meat here. There is discussion on the book publishing process, especially the negotiations between Austen and publishers regarding copyright and the physical design of the books themselves. For fun, there are some light-hearted critiques of some covers that have made some, um, shall we say, interesting design choices? I really enjoyed the section on adaptations regarding various adaptions like films, the Quirk series that includes the title Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, board books for very young children and those translated into other languages.
This book is also quite beautiful on its own. In addition to all the full color renderings of many many book covers, there are also lovely quotes woven throughout the text. The biggest danger here is that if you are anything like me, you will read through this book and make a shopping list of editions and covers you'd really like to have. I mean, did you know that Marvel made a comic adaptation of some of Austen's novels a couple years ago? I didn't... and now I feel like I might need to check some of those out. If you are a Janeite, or are into book design, you'll enjoy this one for sure.
Jane Austen Cover to Cover: 200 Years of Classic Covers
by Margaret C. Sullivan
Source: Publisher for honest review