The Look of the Book : : Jackets, Covers, & art at the Edges of Literature
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Preface: meeting at the edge -- What the book cover is -- What the book cover was -- What the book cover does -- Why the book cover matters -- How the book cover is made -- Tow case studies: Ulysses and Moby-Dick -- The future of the book cover -- Conclusion: Conversations at the edge.
Why do some book covers instantly grab your attention, while others never get a second glance? Fusing word and image, as well as design thinking and literary criticism, this captivating investigation goes behind the scenes of the cover design process to answer this question and more. As the outward face of the text, the book cover makes an all-important first impression. The Look of the Book examines art at the edges of literature through notable covers and the stories behind them, galleries of the many different jackets of bestselling books, an overview of book cover trends throughout history, and insights from dozens of literary and design luminaries. Co-authored by celebrated designer and creative director Peter Mendelsund and scholar David Alworth, this fascinating collaboration, featuring hundreds of covers, challenges our notions of what a book cover can and should be.
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California : Ten Speed Press 
Year Published: 2020
Description: 289 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Alworth, David J.,
Book covers -- Pictorial works.
Book covers -- History -- Pictorial works.
Book design -- Pictorial works.
Graphic arts -- Pictorial works.