IotD: OLIVIA em português

50 Watts recently posted a series of stunning Portuguese  book covers ranging from the 1920’s through 1970’s, and I was delighted to see this starkly gorgeous cover for a 1959 edition of the lesbian classic Olivia, initially attributed to a pseudonym of the same name but is now generally published under the actual name of its author, Dorothy Bussy (née Strachey).

The design is by Sebastião Rodrigues, and utilizes a photo by Sena da Silva.

Olivia by Olivia cover 1959In 1951 French film director Jacqueline Audry directed an adaptation of the film, starring Edwige Feuillère and Simone Simon.  I wrote a rather lengthy analysis comparing it and another lesbian film classic, Leontine Sagan’s Mädchen in Uniform (1931) over at my film blog, Memories of the Future.

More book covers, all from the collection of Jorge Silva, can be found at 50 Watts.

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