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poetryandart:

There have been a lot of great articles on HuffPo Books lately.  I was excited to read “Coolest Book Covers 2011: The Year’s Best So Far,” as I love book cover art.  However, I must admit I was disappointed to find very few remarkable covers, though I recognize the limitations of choosing covers from books only released this year.  Since I don’t write for HuffPo (or anywhere else, for that matter), I’m going to exercise this freedom and share my favorite book covers of all time.  And since time marches on, and I think of more and more book covers I love, I predict I’ll be updating this post regularly.

(Not surprisingly, many of the covers featured here are from my favorite books.)

(A couple of HuffPo’s 2011 covers are of note, however, particularly The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer (above) and the Selected Canterbury Tales (below).  Maybe I’m just a sucker for out-of-focus photography.)

A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway

The Dharma Bums, by Jack Kerouac

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

Leaves of Grass, by Walt Whitman

Okay, not only do I love several of these books and their covers, but Meg Wolitzer’s The Uncoupling gets a lovely little shoutout.

Trade journal Communication Arts recently featured a spread of Penguin book covers by art directors Helen Yentus and Paul Buckley. You need a subscription to view most of the magazine’s content, but here’s a look at the spread, which includes Riverhead titles The Psychopath Test (read more about its jacket design process here), Fiction Ruined My Family, and The Foreigners. All three were designed under Helen’s direction and came out beautifully. Great work!

NY-based designer Matt Dorfman, who designed the AMAZING jacket for Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, posted a summary of the process back in May.

3. Riverhead did not skimp on the production touches for this one. They sprung for a combination gritty matte finish (which covers the white paper portions of the jacket) and a shiny gloss for the yellow/magenta “crazy” half, thereby giving your sense of touch a noticeable edge if you find yourself blindly scanning your shelf for this book in a dark room (which I have done). This treatment was handled beautifully.

Take a look at eight alternate versions, including one of a panther side-eyeing you with a deer in its mouth, at his blog.