The Sound And The Fury And The Unimpressive Book Covers
One interesting aspect of a popular novel that was released in the 1920s–it usually has all sorts of unique book covers because it has been reprinted so many times.
That’s definitely the case with The Sound and The Fury. Before I post my preview for each novel, I always do an image search for book covers on Google. This Faulkner novel might have more different covers than any book I’ve read so far.
So, with a nod to my post about creepy Neuromancer book covers, I thought we could take a look at some of The Sound and The Fury‘s more interesting covers.
1. Sunset? Sunrise? The end or the beginning? Hope or despair? A lot to decipher in this one. Or maybe it’s just a photo of clouds.
2. I might not be smart enough to figure this cover out. Looks like some sort of androgynous being with no arms. Almost looks like he/she is wearing an invisible straitjacket. Interesting…maybe I’m on to something here.
3. I don’t like this cover. It’s too simple, too straightforward, for a novel that is far from straightforward. Yes, the cover says “deep south” to me, because of the tree-lined driveway and the white house with high columns, but there’s not much else to it.
4. Yes, they were even doing movie tie-in book covers back in the 1950s. Instead of Leo Dicaprio and Kate Winslet, though, this cover featured Yule Brynner and Joanne Woodward.
5. Ominous. A dead tree. Dark skies. Those weird looking clouds you see when tornadoes are approaching. That house looks haunted. It’s definitely haunted. Anyway, not much to it.
I love it when a novel can be interpreted in so many different ways. The cover says so much about the book. Plus, the cover is your first impression of the novel.
As a whole, these covers don’t do much for me. How about you?