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By Its Cover: Modern American Book Cover Design Paperback – August 11, 2005
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"This is one release Im really looking forward to adding to my permanent collection." -- Bookslut.com, June 2005
(Drew and Sternberger) lump dust jackets with paperback covers and trace their intertwined development in terms of modernism and postmodernism. -- John Updike, The New Yorker, October 17, 2005
...a loving survey of top-notch work by several dozen late greats, inspired unknowns, and rising hotshots of book design. -- Boston Globe, October 16, 2005
...well-researched and concisely written... -- Print, October 2005
An engaging look at literature and the progression of American design and typography. -- Dwell, April 2006
Drew and Sternberger lump dust jackets with paperback covers and trace their intertwined development in terms of modernism and postmodernism. -- The New Yorker, October 17, 2005
It is a literate, informative book, complemented by 200 telling illustrations. -- Lancaster New Era, 10/07/05
Serves as a good overview of the high and low points of Modernism in 20th-century design. -- Communication Arts, April 2006
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I'm old enough to remember seeing plenty of these sixties covers in bookshops (my favorites were Rudy De Harak, Roy Kuhlman, Paul Bacon and the brilliant Herb Lubalin and considering how influential he was I'm surprised he only gets one cover) and I certainly appreciated the modernist creativity of the past decades rather than contemporary market-driven covers whose design owes so much to the liberating effect of computer technology.
As well as an interesting read the book is elegantly designed (though with perhaps just a bit too much white space for my taste) with the covers presented as cutouts with a subtle drop-shadow. Nicely several of the older titles are second-hand copies that betray well read handling. A minor annoyance is the footnote numbers printed in tiny type and in blue, nearly impossible to read in a domestic lighting environment. Actually all the notes in the back could easily have been placed on the relevant pages, there is that much white space around.Read more ›