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Forever Amber

This page includes pictures that complement my article: Subversive Middlebrow: The Campaigns to Ban Kathleen Winsor’s Forever Amber in the United States and in Canada.” International Journal of Canadian Studies (Special issue on Print Culture and the Middlebrow, ed. Michelle Smith & Faye Hammill) 48 (2014): 33-52.

Read the article on my Academia.edu webpage


  Dust jacket of Forever Amber (spine, front and back), Macmillan first edition (1944).
 Publishers’ Weekly cover, 9 Sept. 1944 (left) and advertisement for Random House, 28 Oct. 1944: 1721 (right).

  Wilbur Wackey comic strip, c. 1945. Girls throw Forever Amber out of the window before a room inspection.
 

 From left to right: New American Library Signet ed. (1st printing, 1950); Signet ed. (3rd printing, 1955); Penguin ed. (2002).
 
The New American Library initially chose the same cover as the movie edition published by Macmillan in 1947 (with Linda Darnell as Amber). The cover was later changed for a more suggestive illustration (note that “Kathleen Winsor” appears just next to the drawing of Amber, thus creating a parallel between author and heroine). Half a century later, Penguin marketed Forever Amber as the “original bodice-ripper.”