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Complete Book of Covers from "The New Yorker," 1925-1989 Hardcover – November 14, 1989
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From Library Journal
This view of all 3,277 covers from The New Yorker is indeed overwhelming. It is almost impossible to digest so many stylish and witty images. In fact, judging from this book, one might conclude that The New Yorker has been more concerned with whimsy than art, good taste than content, and propriety than substance, and the format does nothing to dispel this conclusion. Aside from the brief and gratuitous introduction by John Updike, there is no text. No discussion of design aesthetics or historical influences is included. Had they been larger or chosen to illustrate some thesis, the images might have justified a catalog of covers. As it is, one wonders for whom the book was intended.
- Douglas G. Campbell, Warner Pacific Coll., Portland, Ore.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
Still, being able to see the covers on screen is not really the same as opening this lovely book and flipping through the pages. Each year starts on a spread with a selected cover big on the left, the right has a couple of covers above a list of issue dates and the relevant artist, the next two spreads from each year display twenty-four covers 3.25 by 2.5 inches wide and I think this is a reasonable size to appreciate the artwork and follow your favorites.
The New Yorker is probably the only consumer magazine not to have changed its cover design since the start, even the National Geographic eventually junked their yellow border for a more contemporary look. Because the NY doesn't have cover lines the format still works, even down to using the logo typeface designed in the Twenties by the first Art Editor Rea Irvin.
This book is just delightful and you can slowly look through the pages and enjoy the amazing range of artists and styles, the whimsy of Mary Petty or the hard line graphics of Gretchen Dow Simpson. Whoever did the cover the quality is always maintained.
***FOR AN INSIDE LOOK click 'customer images' under the cover.
In over three - thousand covers contributed by over one- hundred and twenty artists including such New Yorker stalwarts as Saul Steinberg and Peter Arno one is provided with sophisticated observation, amusing commentary on the issues and attitudes of the time.
How much of this however has dated, and how far most of it is from providing a small chuckle now is another question. As is the question of whether the understanding of the amused ridiculousness of it all was appropriate commentary to all which happened during that time.
No matter, never mind.
If one does not take it that seriously, and understands it all as an amusement, then one can simply look and enjoy.