Friday, 19 January 2007

The images on the Rebel Angel cover

On both front and back covers, images of John Keats's life-mask are used:

This is the Keats life-mask
on the wall of my study

Sometimes the whole mask is used (as on the back cover), and sometimes only a detail (as in two of the four front-cover images). Permission and a licence to use photographs of the life mask had to be obtained from the British National Portrait Gallery.

"... intriguing, informative biography of John Keats which serves as a lively introduction to some of his poetry and how it came to be written ..."

– Jay Heale in SA Children’s Book Forum Newsletter July 2005