Friday, June 7, 2013

Paperback 653: Lady Wu / Lin Yutang (Dell 4621)

Paperback 653: Dell 4621 (1st ptg, 1966)

Title: Lady Wu
Author: Lin Yutang
Cover artist: (Tom?) Miller

Yours for: $9


Best things about this cover:

  • Peach, it turns out, is not my favorite of book colors.
  • I love the painting, actually. I like the variation on the common "keyhole" cover. Very much implicates the reader as a voyeur. She's even looking at you semi-accusatorily / seductively. Scene itself is a bit staid, but it's still cool. Just wish it were *bigger* (stupid '60s book designers and their insistence on TEXT over cover art)
  • A Buddha statue is not enough for Lady Wu. She must also have live-action Buddha (who smokes?). Also, a male companion dressed like '80s Prince.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Ugh. Text.
  • Still, ugh. Text.

Page 123~

Unfortunately, the leaders of the rebellion were all scholars.


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1 comment:

Jonathan said...

So, Ms Edith Dorian believes scholars are beyond the reach of beautiful nymphomaniacs?

Seems like some rampant self-justification for her virginity, no?