Maria Ellis

Writer. Illustrator. Teacher.

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"The Catcher in the Rye" - a cover workbook

PART 1: THE RESEARCH

While doing research for the cover of "The Catcher in the Rye" I discovered that it is the most assigned "design problem" for students in American universities. Oh well... 

I've found numerous versions of it:

http://electricliterature.com/blog/2013/07/16/happy-birthday-holden-caulfield/

http://members.home.nl/wolthuis/salinger.htm

But for me, THE cover for this book is the one for the first paperback edition: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rye_catcher.jpg

Apparently I'm not the only one who loves the red horse - people are getting tattoos of it!

"Catcher in the Rye" horse tattoos

I did some more research on Michael Mitchell, the artist who drew that cover. I couldn't find much, but here's an article I liked:

http://todaysinspiration.blogspot.be/2012/08/where-did-you-go-michael-mitchell.html

Further research on book covers - not necessarily related to "The Catcher in the Rye":

The 22 Most Iconic Book Covers of All Time - and yes, Chip is on that list :).

http://www.buzzfeed.com/jessicamisener/the-22-most-iconic-book-covers-of-all-time

And one more list - with 50 covers (fiction and non-fiction):

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2010/01/judging-the-book-50-most-captivating-covers-of-all-time/

To be continued...

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