Nick Jones at his blog Existential Ennui
posted several striking examples of Patricia Highsmith dust jackets on the far better UK editions of some of her books. I think the artwork on A Game for the Living
, a book she has personally called her worst effort, is exceptional.
In response I'm posting some rather uninspiring examples of typographic DJ art (something I'm not a fan of) and some simpler examples of dust jacket illustrations on Highsmith's American editions. These all appear on the first US editions of her books, nearly all of which came after the UK firsts.
The contrast in DJ art design is radical. Once upon a time US DJ art was evocative and vibrant and attractive. Here are some early examples of what how DJ art devolved (in my opinion) when post-modernists and digital designers entered the realm of jacket illustration.
And just for the hell of it I'm adding a photo of her lesbian novel The Price of Salt
published under the pseudonym Claire Morgan.
All images can be clicked to enlarge. Deep Water
is already at full size.
|Harper & Brothers, 1957|
|Doubleday / Crime Club, 1964 |
|Lippincott & Crowell, 1980|
|Knopf, 1992 - Her last novel|