Alvin Lustig
Alvin Lustig, Muriel Rukeyser, Selected Poems, 1951, Framed/Unframed

This original first edition book cover designed by Alvin Lustig was taken straight from press and never folded. Lustig began designing book covers in 1941. Constantly experimenting to extend the limitations of the medium, he is regarded as a leading innovator in his field. He would read each text, before attempting to express the author’s creative thrust, finally restating it in his own graphic terms. His covers remain timeless examples of the pinnacle of design.

A poet and a political activist, Rukeyser’s poems often merged her optimism with her outrage concerning the future of the United States.

Alvin Lustig, b. 1915 Denver, Colorado - d. 1955, New York City, was a graphic designer of international recognition.

Original book cover
Offset lithograph on cream coated paper
Signed in imprint
New Directions

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