The wonderful Robin Maxwell decided to share a juicy tid bit about the history of the cover art for O, Juliet. After talking back and forth about the Pre-Raphaelites she asked me if I had seen The Fisherman and the Syren by the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Frederic Leighton. One thing led to another and the truth about the chosen cover art came out.
The final cover art was not her first choice. C.W. Gortner himself did a mock up cover with the The Fisherman and the Syren. The first mock up of the book was taken to the London Book Fair with The Fisherman and the Syren and it was a big hit. It never made it to the final edition but I think both of them are to die for. Since I am one of the more risque people the nudity does not bother me on the Syren cover, I actually really like. What do you all think? Like or dislike? Reasons?
Painted by Frederic Leighton from 1856-1858