‘Blown Covers’ Book Review

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on May 26, 2012

Blown Covers
By Françoise Mouly

Hardcover, 128 pages ($27.95)

Over the past 87 years as a beacon of literary excellence beamed from the Big Apple, the “New Yorker” also developed a reputation for its signature covers, created by contributing artists as wry, wide-ranging and sometimes controversial commentary on the most pressing social, political or cultural events of the day. This coffee-table collection of nearly 300 drawings, subtitled “Covers You Were Never Meant To See,” pulls back the curtain on the cover-selection process, with a focus on submissions that didn’t at any particular time make the cut, and why.

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