Until the publication of my first novel, I'd never consciously thought about the importance of cover design. But the graphic artist's crucial role in the novel's production (and possible success) became apparent. The artist's talent was vitally important to the commercial viability of the novel.
The Art of American Book Covers explores one of publishing's most creative periods, when covers took on the qualities of sculpture. It's a stunning example of critical art history, free of any curatorial jargon.