|“Cover is foremost a visually enticing tour of some of the most important books of recent times, made even more memorable by Mendelsund’s daring covers. The beautifully designed volume is nicely paced with a mix of testimonials from authors whose book covers Mendelsund has designed, along with his own comments on various aspects of the design process.” –The Washington Post|
|Peter Mendelsund has enjoyed an enviable career as a much-sought-after book cover designer and art director. Among the many recognizable jackets he has created: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; titles from the collected works of Joyce, Kafka, Dostoevsky, de Beauvoir, and Foucault; the contemporary works of Martin Amis, Tom McCarthy, Ben Marcus, Jo Nesbø, and James Gleick; and many more. Mendelsund’s brilliant touch created new audiences for older works and connected readers to major frontlist releases.
Cover showcases Mendelsund’s book jackets along with ephemera from his previously unseen creative method, including jacket sketches, interior art and editorial illustrations, and scores of rejected drafts. Punctuating these images are Mendelsund’s reflections on his work and his process, and thoughts and musings from renowned writers of the books he designed.
Cover—now in paperback with a new custom-made cover by Mendelsund—is a compendium of beautiful design and a beautiful design object itself; a profile and celebration of one of the publishing world’s most talented and prolific contemporary creators, and a brilliant showcase of his deft touch for balanced and innovative design.
Peter Mendelsund is a novelist, a graphic designer, and the creative director of The Atlantic. Mendelsund is the author of two novels, Same Same and The Delivery, as well as three books about literature and the visual imagination: What We See When We Read, Cover, and The Look of the Book.