Mr Charlotte Brontë

Alan H. Adamson

This is an upcoming 2008 biography of the vilified husband of Charlotte Brontë. Few people seeking to avoid the glare of publicity have had more of it turned on them than Arthur Bell Nicholls.

Often as a cover designer you are presented with a photograph or portrait that has to appear on the cover. Whenever possible I try to use it in a creative way. The portait of Nicholls is actually centered but I found that by reducing him and moving him to the left it suggested the presence of another person.

On the cover below I had to use this portrait of Leonid Andreev. I put his likeness on a wall in a suitably bleak Russian interior.