Hilobrow Cover Art (4)

By: Joshua Glenn
March 31, 2009

Our circle of hermenautic friends has conjured up a dozen more highbrow (or at least classic) novels with lowbrow cover art. Here’s a selection — thanks, Luc, for the first two.

Check out the entire series.







Ha! Thanks, Jonathan.


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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