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Wendell Minor: Twenty-Five Years of Book Cover Art

by Wendell Minor

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I have been a fan of Wendell Minor's art for many years without knowing it. He is probably the most prolific book cover artist in America. For 25 years he has been illustrating covers for books, several of which I have in my library or have noticed on the bookshelves for their covers alone. He is soft-spoken and literate, and is unusual in that he reads the books beforehand to get the best focus on how to paint the cover. The book begins with interviews with Minor and important people in his professional life, and then the main part of the book is a selection of the covers themselves, along with notes written by the authors and what the illustrations meant to their books. Many of these covers make me want to read the book, not knowing anything else about them - which is kind of their purpose, I guess. My only quibble is that most of the art shown does not show the typography, which Minor has made clear is designed by him to be an integral part of the cover. ( )
  burnit99 | Feb 8, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0156002124, Paperback)

This one-of-a-kind retrospective brings together a rich selection of pieces from Wendell Minor's extraordinary body of jacket art, with lively commentary from authors and others on the relationship between a book's cover and what's inside. Introduction by David McCullough; illustrated index.

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Over 100 full-color reproductions of original artwork from the jackets of best-selling books by such authors as Ray Bradbury, Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, James Michener, and Harper Lee are accompanied by conversations with Paul Bacon and Frank Metz and messages from the authors.… (more)

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