In today’s examination of cover art designs of Lost Generation novels, were going to look at Aldous Huxley’s classic work of dystopian fiction, Brave New World. First published in 1932, it tells of a future World State, where citizens are scientifically engineered to fit into an intelligence-based social hierarchy. His most famous work, Brave New World was ranked by Modern Library as number 5 on their list of the 100 best English-language novels of the 20th century.
For our purposes today, however, we will focus on the cover art that has been used throughout the years. Goodreads list a total of 1,363 different editions of the work. Here are some of our favorites, starting with the first edition cover:
I really enjoy most of the covers that have been used for this work, especially the original, and the one below it. Of this is definitely a case where publishers have generally tried to use the artwork to reflect the story itself, as opposed to some works where the cover art is kind of mind boggling.
Clearly the emphasis has been on a futuristic feel, a somewhat mechanical vision, where humans are less than human. Only one of the images in our collage involves a human face, but it is more alien than human.
How do you feel about these designs? If you weren’t familiar with the story would any of them inspire you to pick them up and check the book out? Let us know below!
I know there is a new adaptation of Brave New World on Peacock. From what I’ve read it is very loosely based on the novel and was canceled after one season, neither of which fact has led me to look any further into it or give it a shot. Has anyone watched that would recommend it? While it’s a great novel, frankly my desire for anything dystopian has greatly been diminished during the last four years, not to mention this drawn out pandemic.
For a radically different dose of Huxley, check out his first novel Crome Yellow, which I recently finished. Interestingly, there is a conversation in it which foreshadows the society Huxley envisioned in Brave New World, which we’ll be looking at in a future post.
Until then, happy reading!