A book isn’t always about the contents of its pages. Sometimes, even though we aren’t supposed to, we love a book just because the package it come in speaks to us in a certain way (quietly, we hope, if we’re in public). Here are some of the LitStack writers’ favorite books by cover.
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
I chose this one partially because it looks totally vintage and cool, and partially because it actually is totally vintage and cool. This edition is from 1928 (the novel was originally published in ’27), and, though it isn’t particularly rare, valuable, or special from a collector’s point of view, it just happens to be one of those awesome, dusty bookstore purchases I’ll always be glad I made. Added bonuses: some sweet illustrations peppered throughout, and an inside cover inscription made out to Miss Caine, from her kindergarten class — dated 1928.
On this day, December 3, in 1857, Joseph Conrad was born in Berdichev, Imperial Russia (modern
Ukraine, then a part of Poland). While he settled in England and wrote in English, he always considered himself a Pole. Heart of Darkness, one of the most famous of his 20 novels (which explores colonialism and the attitudes regarding what constitutes a barbarian versus civilized society) is considered one of the best English novels of the 20th century, as is his novel Lord Jim, which chronicles a crew’s abandonment of its disabled ship. Conrad died in England in 1924 at age 66.