LitHub: 50 Very Bad Book Covers for Literary Classics


When a book passes into the public domain, it means not only that it’s available for adapting and remixing, but for reprinting and reselling with a brand new cover. Some of these covers are … pretty bad. Which, obviously, makes them very fun to look at. [Continue]


Here are some of my personal favorites from the LitHub article’s collection:


8 thoughts on “LitHub: 50 Very Bad Book Covers for Literary Classics

  1. Geez. What on earth were they thinking for any of them. Clearly, those who picked the covers had not read even a synopsis of the book.

    Mrs. “Dolloway” made me laugh out loud.

    1. Me, too! And, yeah. One wider off the mark than the next. I hope nobody downloaded these chiefly guided by their covers … imagine the ensuing abject disappointment!

    1. One missing the respective book‘s nature, characters, plot and overall ensemble by a wider margin than the next! 😀 “Little Women” had me laugh out loud, too — I think my favorite, by and large, though, is „The Woman in White“. Because clearly there can only be *one* kind of woman in white … a bride straight from a glossy lifestyle or fashion magazine, right?? (Groan.) — And, too, the trio of covers for “The Awakening”. “It’s not *that* kind of awakening …” is what someone should have told the creator of all three of these, before it was too late!!

    1. Isn‘t it awful? Seems the cover designer concluded there could really only be one reason why the titular heroine is wearing white … it‘s a romance novel and she‘s getting married! (Sigh.) Imagine a reader who doesn‘t know anything about the book, either, downloading this based on the cover … they‘d be so disappointed! 😀

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