Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
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Earlier on, Dan Wagstaff of Casual Optimist commented on this cover design (as well as the UK version), emphasizing that
for all the vintage styling, there is a kind of efficiency to new design that is, I think, unmistakably modern. The illustration, the colour palette, and even the brush-stroke typography, all have the feel of contemporary commercial fiction. It will not look out of place either online, or along side other bestsellers in Barnes and Noble.
In an article by Margaret Rhodes for Wired, Paul Sahre is quoted saying that the cover is “a pastiche, and a parody. […] It’s something that originated in the past but is now being published now, and that isn’t reflected in the cover. […] it’s just a missed opportunity more than anything else.”
It may be pastiche, but it’s well-executed pastiche. I would prefer hand lettering, but I think Caterina references that style of ’50s book jacket pretty well.