Rating the Covers: Arabella (Jove, 1980)

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Um. There’s a reason these covers are rare. Not many people wanted to keep this oddly off-putting image on their shelves. From the frozen grimace of a smile on Arabella’s face — she looks like she’s seen a ghost — to the ill-fitting pantaloons on a far too feather-haired Mr. Beaumaris, this is just so kitschy it is actually uncomfortable to look at. Nice that it’s a ballroom scene, though. C-

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