After Nyne spoke to author, and media commentator, Polly Courtney yesterday about Faber’s controversial new cover design for the 50th anniversary edition of Sylvia Plath’s classic The Bell Jar.
Courtney, who famously left HarperCollins in protest against unsuitable covers for her own novels, says
‘In my view, it is overly ‘girly’, mildly insulting and – most importantly – unrepresentative of what is inside, from what I have read of the contents. Why oh WHY must publishers assume that
(a)books written by women are only for women and
(b)women only want books that are about makeup and beauty?
I’m fairly sure Plath would be turning in her grave.’
Polly Courtney’s comments are added to the many dissenting voices around the globe, who are wondering how Faber, an esteemed publisher with a first class reputation, could have got this so wrong.