Wednesday Cover Story: Making a ‘serious’ statement with statues
Statues are a recurring feature in cover designs for modern classics, or books which want to position themselves as such in my mind.
There was the cover I chose among a few different editions when buying a copy of Donna Tartt’s The Secret History, which perfectly suits the story superficially (a group of students brought together by a Greek class) and the tragedy that unfolds.
And most recently there’s Perfect Lives by Polly Samson.
To be honest, at first I thought it was some kind of lampoon of highbrow fiction – perhaps something like the Stephenie Meyer spoofs. But, no, upon more careful analysis I discovered that it’s a serious work of literature. So, while trying not to be flippant, did the cover designer on this think that the best way to express Samson’s story of a hopeless search for perfection, was by depicting a statue getting groped?
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