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WELCOME to the third installment of my Book Cover Challenge! As a little side note, I'm not one to be consistent or diligent when it comes to writing something coherent and pleasant every week so I'm more than a little proud of myself for getting to my third book and blog post. 

(...pats herself on the back...)

THE book I chose this week is The Woman in White by Mr. Wilkie Collins and it's considered to be among the first mystery novels. The main character Walter Hartwright is a smart chap who employs many skills a detective uses to solve the crime.  Mr. Collins was great friends with Charles Dickens and The Woman in White appeared as serial in a Dicken's Journal. First of all, how cool is that? I think to how we wait for the next episode of a TV show to come out but back then, it was the next chapter of the book. That's crazy for me to think about! I wish there were mainstream publications that still did that. 

SO here's why I loved this book: Count Fosco has now become one of my favorite villains of all time. He is brilliant, ridiculous, witty and charming. He's a heavyset, very round shaped man and the smartest man in the room. He meets his match in Miss Marian who he comes to respect as an admirable foe. The writing is also superb! I've never read so many poignant phrases captured in one novel in my life. I seriously dreamed up of art print after art print. My favorite quote is on the back of my design for this stellar novel. 

SINCE the book was published in the mid 1800s, I really wanted to make the aesthetic modern. I used black Japanese ink to capture the lettering style I was thinking about. I think it turned out quite nicely!  

SO for the finished result I wanted to incorporate a few illustrated elements. Without giving too much away, our hero meets mysterious woman dressed completely in white and she is wondering around the london streets in the middle of the night. The lit lamppost is quintessential London and since it no doubt illuminated his walk when he bumps into the woman in white. Because of the genre of the novel, I went with black and red; the latter is so fitting considering the story revolves around a murder. 

AND without further ado, here it is: 

And here's the actual design + layout or your viewing pleasure:

I hope you enjoyed this week's Book Cover Challenge! See you next Thursday! Next up...The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton. 

- Isabel Davis



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