Like most readers, I’ve always been interested in the cover designs of books, especially novels. As the old saying goes, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but let’s be honest, we all do to a degree. And publishers know this, spending great time and effort trying to come up with an eye-catching cover. Sometimes this cover very clearly reflects some part of the story, but sometimes it gives no apparent information about what is contained within.
To this end I’ve been creating collages of the cover designs of Lost Generation novels. So far they’ve mostly just been on social media, but I’d like to start sharing them here as well.
Some other things I think about when it comes to novel cover designs –
- Is this a good choice for the novel?
- Is this design specifically targeting a certain audience?
- Does this design reflect the time. The novel was actually published in or is it more reflective of the present day?
- How has the cover art used for this novel changed over time?
With all that in mind I like to start this series by looking at some of the great covers that have been used for Sherwood Anderson‘s classic 1919 novel-in-stories, Winesburg, Ohio. Although Anderson is technically too old to be considered a part of the Lost Generation, his work, particularly this one, had a huge influence on slightly younger writers, especially Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner.
Let’s take a look –
These covers span a number of years, but all have clearly focused on the fact that the stories revolve around a small town. Really, there hasn’t been a whole lot of change to these designs, but as you can see some choose to focus on much broader views while others bring it down to the individual level, all of which I find super interesting.
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Until next time, happy reading!