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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A Jury of Her Peers

Design by Barbara de Wilde
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Elaine Showalter's history of American women writers examines "women's relationship to the literary marketplace" (read Katha Pollitt's Slate review), and the illustration pretty clearly spells out what that relationship has been for most of our history: women have supported the canon but have rarely been granted access to the center of it.

7 comments:

HY said...

Barbara DeWilde is the designer

Joseph said...

Thanks, HY!

b.buerkle said...

It appears that nearly all of the spines illustrated on this cover are from various Everyman's Library classics editions. Coincidence? Commentary? Hmmm.....

Ian Shimkoviak said...

they were wonderful spines. why not reuse them?

b.buerkle said...

Oh, I didn't mean to say that the beautifully designed spines shouldn't have been reused here. I wondered weather those particular spines were used because the Everyman's Library itself is supposed to be a canon of great literature, which throughout most of its history I'm sure has been a perfect picture of what the author is proposing. So as far as Barbara de Wilde's illustration is concerned, the choice is perfect.

Anonymous said...

I like the illustration...

But the type layout is too crowded and feels very dated.

Misha said...

Everyman's Library's spines were Barbara's own designs. Beautiful image; not sure about the type.