Article Title

Legislators worry over lurid books, fail to notice misleading cover "art"

Authors

Jack Dierdorff

Newspaper

The Oregonian (Portland)

Date

6-2-1953

Challenged Material

novels reprinted as cheap paperbacks with sexual images on their covers

Reading Level

adult

Location

U.S.

Photo Description

Current and old cover art of two novels - "Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert and "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" by Thomas Hardy

Photo Caption

Just to show you can't judge a book by its cover, here are examples of the classics, with the 35c-version heroines in something less than classical clothes and pose. Its misleading.

Abstract

This article takes issue with the cheap paperback versions of classic novels and the cover art used in these cheaper versions. The author points out several instances in which the cover art is made purposefully more sexual in order to sell more copies. The author, while lamenting the need to put images on the covers of great novels, states that a positive may be that it will lead more people to read great literature.

Keywords

paperbacks, fiction novels, cover art, sexual

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