In case you have not already heard, Pride and Prejudice recently turned two-hundred years old. The consummate Austen fan, I could not pass up the opportunity to celebrate this historic anniversary with a small gesture of my own–a retrospective look at Pride and Prejudice covers.
This cover depicts Elizabeth’s famous horseback jaunt to Netherfield in the rain. One has to wonder what the engraver meant to say about Pride and Prejudice with this image. Always trust mother? Caring for your sick sister will eventually land you the man of your dreams?
Who exactly is depicted on this 1946 cover of Pride and Prejudice? The green military uniform suggests Fitzwilliam. But does this mean that the man in blue with the blond/grey hair is Mr. Darcy? Or, is that Mr. Bingley? If so, Mr. Darcy is conspicuously absent from this 1946 cover. . . On a final note, I cannot help but be amused by the riotous plumes sported by both ladies and gentlemen alike.
What stripes?! Barbershop “Betty Crocker” Elizabeth meets Darcy the Music Man. Their union is foretold by singing “Hot Cross Buns.”
“Mom’s fishing for husbands–but the girls are hunting for love. . . ”
Like the subtitle, everything about this 1984 Pride and Prejudice cover is downright ridiculous. From the white picket fence and the trellis to Elizabeth’s midair suspension and Botox smile, it’s a wonder this cover inspired readers to do anything other than laugh.
This cover designer captures the subdued, introspective elements of Pride and Prejudice–The pink and pining Elizabeth. And, Darcy now has highly defined side burns.
This time Elizabeth has turned blond! Or, are we looking at Darcy and Jane? Perhaps the cover designer was trying to send a subliminal message about the fates of our favorite couples.
No Mr. Darcy here. Pride and Prejudice really is all about Elizabeth. . . .