Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Caroline Arnett: Claudia

Claudia by Caroline Arnett is the second of three books that Allan Kass illustrated for Arnett and was published by Fawcett in 1978. This is a fascinating cover because of Allan's dominant use of green. The heroine's pink dress stands out among the darkness of the garden and green shading of the walls and balcony railing. Also note the heroine's green sash, hair ribbon, and her green ring! Allan is an artist with his use of jewelry and his beautiful rendition of hands: note the heroine's!

I like this cover since it gives the reader a "Romeo and Juliet" image. The plot of this book is a love/hate relationship between Claudia and the hero, Lord Dysart and how they remedy the situation!

In 1978, Allan had been illustrating book covers for almost 10 years. He did a majority of regency romances, but also some young adult books, westerns, gothic romances, and historical fiction. For the next 20 years, he would primarily illustrate regencies.

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