Green Darkness is one of Anya Seton's most famous books along with Katherine. The colour green in the title has served to influence quite a lot of covers along the years, from the 1972 first edition to more recent ones.
Set in two different time periods the action jumps between the 1960's and the Tudor period. The main characters are having trouble in their current lifetime that is a connected to a tragedy in the past.
Another strong presence in the story is the house where the events took place, Ightham Mote, and some of the covers do portray a Manor House in the background. In yesterday's post Tamara Mazzei provided some interesting information about Ightham Mote and its history.
Others show figures dressed according to the time of the past action, also with a house in the background. This cover belongs to a set, the whole list of Seton's books were published in the same collection and we already saw the matching cover for My Theodosia in a previous post. I can't say this is my favourite this time. I think I much prefer those covers with a greenish colour that we see above, they look more mysterious...
I do like the new tendency to use art, namely paintings, to embellish the covers and that happens in the last two covers shown here but I'm not too sure that the portrait shown in the first (the Chicago Review edition of 2006) can really be Celia in her past and future incarnations. and the last cover (Hodder & Stoughton from 2006) also doesn't appeal to me. Not because it's not beautiful but because all that red clashes in my mind with the green in the title and my favourite greenish covers. Finally, the Italian cover is very plain and not very attractive, while the Spanish has a very intriguing design.
What about you? Do you have a favourite or a least favourite to share? If you own a copy does it have a different cover art?