We book designers like games and we like to think our cover designs “make” the book, but can you recognize these classic cover designs without their titles? The original post is called Can You Guess These Classic Books From Their Phantom Covers? It’s a great idea from the folks running the Publishers Weekly tumblr.  I have been designing books now for over 20 years, and I’m still looking for that elusive perfect cover. I’m always excited by the possibilities behind a title, some ink, and a few square inches of creativity.

But I gotta say I struck out with these covers. Maybe if I had read these editions and not others? Maybe if there were more books on this list I had read?

Maybe if I just had a clue.

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Answers: 1. Truman Capote: in Cold Blood, 2. John Kennedy Toole: A Confederacy of Dunces, 3. Maya Andgelou: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 4. Franz Kafka: The Trial, 5. Jane Austen: Pursuasion, 6. Joan Didion, 7. Toni Morrison, 8. John Milton 9. Leo Tolstoy: Anna Karenina, 10. Marguerite Yourcenar: Memoirs of Hadrian.