Sunday, October 14, 2012

Georgette Heyer: An Infamous Army

An Infamous Army, by Georgette Heyer,  has two copies which Allan Kass illustrated. The Signet edition is dated September 1984 and the Fawcett edition is from approximately 1977.

Lady Barbara Childe is a beautiful, scandalous widow who shocked all Brussels by accepting the hand of Colonel Charles Audley on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo. After a disastrous first marriage, she is wary of his love and really wonders if what she feels for him is love.

My favorite is the first cover done for Signet. I think it captures the beauty and elegance of our heroine while showing us our dashing hero. We almost feel as if we've intruded onto an intimate scene.

The Fawcett cover shows the ballroom and its occupants talking about our couple. The heroine looks a bit more dashing with her green eyeshadow and low cut gown while our hero is elegant in his military uniform. It's an interesting juxtaposition of the different scenes in a ballroom.

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