Type designer Seb Lester was commissioned by JD Salinger’s publisher Hamish Hamilton (part of the Penguin group) last year to work on a set of new book covers for the reclusive author’s titles, Catcher In The Rye; For Esme With Love And Squalor; Franny And Zooey; and Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour – An Introduction.
Here we reveal Lester’s initial ideas for two different stylistic
approaches, and the four finished book covers – which were all approved
by the author before he passed away last month…
It turns out that JD Salinger had some very basic (and strict) rules
about how he wanted his book covers to look. He was adamant that the
only copy that should appear on his books was his name and the title of
the book. No quotes or plot summary, no author biography. And
definitely no images. Just the title and his name.
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