We [heart] highbrow books with lowbrow covers

By: Joshua Glenn
March 13, 2009

OK, maybe “highbrow” is not the way to describe the books we’re going to display in this series. But esteemed, anyway.

Check out the entire series.







HILOBROW COVER GALLERY: Orwell’s 1984 | Huxley’s Brave New World | Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday* | Sartre’s Les Mains Sales | Murger’s Scènes de la vie de bohème | Zola’s Pot-Bouille | West’s Miss Lonelyhearts | Faulkner’s Sanctuary | Bowles’s Let It Come Down | Himes’s If He Hollers Let Him Go | (Not) Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling | Céline’s Death on the Installment Plan | McCarthy’s The Company She Keeps | Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49 | DeLillo’s Running Dog | Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd | Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front | Butler’s The Way of All Flesh | Koestler’s Darkness at Noon | Huxley’s Time Must Have a Stop | Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow | Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment | Hoagland’s Cat Man | Isherwood’s The Last of Mr. Norris | Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man | Lawrence’s Love Among the Haystacks | Lawrence’s The Thorn in the Flesh | Caldwell’s A Lamp for Nightfall | Orwell’s Keep the Aspidastra Flying | Nabokov’s Laughter in the Dark | Miller’s Focus | McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter | Maugham’s Cosmopolitans | Christie’s The Boomerang Clue ** | Greene’s Brighton Rock | Greene’s The Man Within | Lewis’s Babbitt | Steinbeck’s Cannery Row | West’s The Day of the Locust | Warren’s All The King’s Men | Maugham’s The Moon and Sixpence | Huxley’s Antic Hay | Hardy’s The Return of the Native | Fante’s Ask the Dust | Louys’ Aphrodite | Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov | Orwell’s Burmese Days | Maugham’s Cakes and Ale | Orwell’s Down and Out in Paris and London | PLUS: Classical LPs with Racy Covers
* Actually, the cover image depicts a scene from a different story in the same issue of Famous Fantastic Mysteries.
** Agatha Christie is not a highbrow author. But check out the De Chirico-esque cover imagery.


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