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26 Iconic Book Covers Changing Over Time

The evolution of the classics, from first edition to current.

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1. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

William Heinemann Ltd., Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
William Heinemann Ltd., Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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William Heinemann Ltd., Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

2. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

Chatto & Windus, Harper Perennial
Chatto & Windus, Harper Perennial
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Chatto & Windus, Harper Perennial

3. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

J. B. Lippincott, Harper Perennial
J. B. Lippincott, Harper Perennial
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J. B. Lippincott, Harper Perennial

4. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien

George Allen & Unwin, Harper Collins
George Allen & Unwin, Harper Collins
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George Allen & Unwin, Harper Collins

5. To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf

Hogarth Press, Harcourt
Hogarth Press, Harcourt
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Hogarth Press, Harcourt

6. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

Random House, Vintage
Random House, Vintage
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Random House, Vintage

7. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

Delacorte, Dell
Delacorte, Dell
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Delacorte, Dell

8. Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell

Secker and Warburg, Penguin
Secker and Warburg, Penguin
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Secker and Warburg, Penguin

9. On the Road, Jack Kerouac

Viking Press, Penguin
Viking Press, Penguin
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Viking Press, Penguin

10. The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway

Scribner, Scribner
Scribner, Scribner
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Scribner, Scribner

11. Native Son, Richard Wright

Harper & Bros., Harper Perennial
Harper & Bros., Harper Perennial
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Harper & Bros., Harper Perennial

12. Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh

Chapman and Hall, Penguin
Chapman and Hall, Penguin
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Chapman and Hall, Penguin

13. Slouching Towards Bethlehem, Joan Didion

Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

14. The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton

D. Appleton & Company, Modern Library
D. Appleton & Company, Modern Library
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D. Appleton & Company, Modern Library

15. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith

Harper & Brothers, Harper Perennial
Harper & Brothers, Harper Perennial
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Harper & Brothers, Harper Perennial

16. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

Charles Scribner's Sons, Scribner
Charles Scribner's Sons, Scribner
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Charles Scribner's Sons, Scribner

17. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum

George M. Hill Company, Puffin Classics
George M. Hill Company, Puffin Classics
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George M. Hill Company, Puffin Classics

18. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

Geoffrey Bles, Harper Collins
Geoffrey Bles, Harper Collins
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Geoffrey Bles, Harper Collins

19. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Vintage
Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Vintage
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Jonathan Cape and Harrison Smith, Vintage

20. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou

Random House, Virago Press
Random House, Virago Press
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Random House, Virago Press

21. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

William Heinemann, Penguin
William Heinemann, Penguin
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William Heinemann, Penguin

22. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

Charles L. Webster And Company, Penguin Classics
Charles L. Webster And Company, Penguin Classics
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Charles L. Webster And Company, Penguin Classics

23. Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Alfred Knopf, Plume
Alfred Knopf, Plume
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Alfred Knopf, Plume

24. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

J. B. Lippincott & Co, Grand Central Publishing
J. B. Lippincott & Co, Grand Central Publishing
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J. B. Lippincott & Co, Grand Central Publishing

25. Middlemarch, George Eliot

William, Blackwood & Sons; Penguin Classics
William, Blackwood & Sons; Penguin Classics
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William, Blackwood & Sons; Penguin Classics

26. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle

Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Square Fish
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Square Fish
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Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Square Fish
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