|Austen ‘too ugly’ for book cover|
Novelist Jane Austen has been given a makeover for the cover of a book about her life after publishers decided an original image of her was unattractive. “She was not much of a looker,” said Helen Trayler, managing director of publisher Wordsworth Editions. Publishers traditionally use a portrait of Austen painted by her sister but Wordsworth have added make-up, hair extensions and removed her night-cap. The book is a new edition of a memoir by Austen’s nephew.
“I know you are not supposed to judge a book by its cover. Sadly people do. If you look more attractive, you just stand out more,” said Ms Trayler. The original painting by Cassandra Austen, which hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in
I found this story on the BBC News web site. I have to say I think it is really sad that they have decided to change her looks just for the “sale “. The point is her work, not her looks and people would buy on that alone, not on a made up picture just to please our “image” clean times, if she had a facial disfigurement would we change that too?