Harry Bennett’s dazzling style of swirls and whorls of flowing hair may be especially familiar to fans of Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Jude Deveraux.
Bennett was born May 15, 1919 in South Salem, NY. He lived for forty years in Ridgefield, CT, the home town of his wife.
He was a commercial artist before enlisting in the Army in 1940. He fought bravely in World War II, retiring as a Major and winning the Bronze Star. After Bennett returned home from war, he married Margaret Shean in 1945. They had a daughter, and three sons.
At the recommendation of his wife, he went to art school. He attended The Art Institute of Chicago and The American Academy of Art Chicago for two years before working again as a commercial artist, designing magazines advertisements.
Like Robert McGinnis, he painted covers for pulp fiction works. He illustrated the first paperback edition of Mario Puzo’s The Godfather. In total, Bennett designed over 1,000 book covers.
In 1986, Bennett retired from professional work to paint and teach.
Harry Bennett passed away on November 29, 2012 from pneumonia at the age of 93, survived by his daughter and his wife of 67 years.