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The Look of the Book

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Why do certain book covers immediately capture your attention, while others go unnoticed?

"The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature" delves into the world of cover design, merging word and image, design thinking, and literary criticism to explore the artistry behind book covers.

This captivating investigation takes readers behind the scenes of the cover design process, unraveling the stories behind notable covers, showcasing galleries of bestselling books with different jackets, providing an overview of historical cover trends, and offering insights from literary and design experts.

Co-authored by acclaimed designer Peter Mendelsund and scholar David Alworth, this collaboration challenges preconceptions about book covers through hundreds of examples, encouraging readers to reconsider what a book cover can and should be.

Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, "The Look of the Book" is a must-read for those fascinated by the intersection of art and literature.


  • 1.3" H x 11.0" L x 8.6" W (3.25 lbs) 292 pages
  • Released October 06, 2020
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9780399581021

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