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The look of the book : jackets, covers, & art at the edges of literature / Peter Mendelsund, David J. Alworth.

Author/Creator:
Mendelsund, Peter, author.
Publication:
California : New York : Ten Speed Press [2020]
Format/Description:
Book
289 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Book covers -- Pictorial works.
Book covers -- Design -- History -- Pictorial works.
Book design -- Pictorial works.
Graphic arts -- Pictorial works.
Book covers.
Book design.
Graphic arts.
Form/Genre:
Pictorial works.
Illustrated works.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
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.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-281) and index.
Contributor:
Alworth, David J., author.
ISBN:
9780399581021
0399581022
OCLC:
1164362701
Publisher Number:
99985952337