Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Top 10 Penguin Classics Cover Art

The expression "never judge a book by it's cover" is often right, except in the case when professional artists are hired to create illustrations for some of English literature's most famous titles. Over the past several years, Penguin Classics has published a bucket full of novels with exceptional cover art by some of today's most cherished contemporary artists. Today I give you a top ten list (in no particular order) of the best Penguin Classic covers created to date.

1. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl,
cover art by Jordan Crane

2. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac,
cover art by Jason

3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley,
cover art by Daniel Clowes

4. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain,
cover art by Lillie Carre

5. Moby Dick by Herman Melville,
cover art by Tony Millionaire

6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey,
cover art by Joe Sacco

7. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair,
cover art by Charles Burns

8. The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster,
cover art by Art Spiegelman

9. Heart of Darknesswritten by Joseph Conrad,
cover art by Mike Mignola

10. White Noise by Don DeLillo,
cover art by Michael Cho

Click here to view more contemporary Penguin Classics cover art.

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