|Eleanor Hibbert, the woman behind |
But Mistress of Mellyn is a classic, incorporating the key elements of gothic so well defined in the discussion here:
Anyway-- I've also been obsessed with gothic covers from the 60s and 70s recently, so here are some swell earlier covers for this mysterious, charming book.
- A Young Heroine who is sent to
- A Big House located in the middle of
- A Wilderness, owned by . . .
- A Threatening Patriarchal/Matriarchal Authority Figure, who has
- Endangered Children Who Need a Governess and who are plagued by
- Supernatural Elements, all complicated by
- A Demanding, Aloof Hero with the Sensitivity of a Wombat (Wikipedia: “They can be awkwardly tamed in a captive situation, and even coaxed into being patted and held, possibly becoming quite friendly. . . . However, their lack of fear means that they may display acts of aggression if provoked, or if they are simply in a bad mood.)