Sunday, June 26, 2016

1971 illustration by Drew Van Heusen for serialized version of romance novel Penmarric


In 1971, it was common practice to have a serialized romance novel or novella printed on thick newsprint amid the glossy pages of a women's magazine like Ladies Home Journal. At least one illustration was often included—sometimes there were spot illustrations throughout the story text. This illustration is from a 1971 magazine printing of Penmarric (Part II) by Susan Howatch and is billed as "Continuing: the year's most exciting new love story". The illustration is by Drew Van Heusen.

Susan Howatch's novel Penmarric was published in book form by Simon & Schuster and became a New York Times bestseller. According to wikipedia:
"She published several other 'gothic' novels before she published the first of her family sagas Penmarric (1971), which details the fortunes and disputes of the Penmar family in Cornwall during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. An important theme of the story is how the mansion of Penmarric becomes controlled by various branches of the family. The family fortune was made in the Cornish tin mining industry, which is discussed throughout one of the six parts, each with a different character as narrator. As is made clear by the chapter headings, the fortunes of the family closely parallel the Plantagenet family, including Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine, with the mansion representing the throne."





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