The Clothing of Books (Paperback)

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In this short, intense personal essay, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri examines the art of the book jacket through the eyes of an author and a reader. She views the dust jacket as a uniform that envelops the author’s writing, making it concrete and definitive. “If the process of writing is a dream, the book cover represents the awakening,” Lahiri writes.  She analyzes how dust jackets mediate the relationships between the reader and author, providing, “a door through which to enter the text”.  Lahiri examines the design of series books, reflects on how book jacket designs vary by geography, and explains how the iconic post-modern designs of Vanessa Bell for Virginia and Leonard Woolf’s Hogarth Press became “optical echoes” of their texts.   This is an ideal gift for the book lover in your life.  ~Mark

— From 2016 Books for Book Lovers


How do you clothe a book?
In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer. Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform; explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her; and how, sometimes, “the covers become a part of me.”

About the Author

Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of MaladiesThe NamesakeUnaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland; and a work of nonfiction, In Other Words. She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; the PEN/Hemingway Award; the PEN/Malamud Award; the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; the Premio Gregor von Rezzori; the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature; a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama; and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, for In altre parole.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780525432753
ISBN-10: 0525432752
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: November 15th, 2016
Pages: 80
Language: English