New Salinger Covers

A few passing thoughts on the 100th anniversary Salinger covers.

Vulture and other outlets reported late in 2018, that J.D. Salinger’s books are getting new covers to celebrate the author’s centennial.  Born on January 1, 1919, J. D. Salinger would have been 100 years old this year, so the publisher thought, let’s change the covers.

Are the special covers horrible?  No.

Are they any improvement over the originals?  No.

Did they get people talking about J. D. Salinger?  A few.

I don’t know if I’ll get these covers.  I might just for novelty’s sake.  I’m much more likely to get the hardcover reissues from a few years ago, though.

Like I said, these new covers aren’t bad, but I almost always hate it when publishers change covers.  If I’m collecting a series or an author and the covers change, then my collection looks disjointed.  If, heaven forbid, a movie version of a book, especially one with a picture of an actor on it, comes out I’ll avoid it like the plague.

So these 100th anniversary versions could have been a lot worse.

I’m just disappointed that we didn’t get much in the way of the 200th anniversary of the novel Frankenstein.  I should have got that Folio edition when I had the chance.  Oh well.


What the World Needs Now is J. D. Salinger – a rambling, emotional essay I wrote in 2009

Five Rumored New Salinger Books Ranked – what are my most anticipated of the rumored new books?

J. D. Salinger is Dead – an original short story

New Salinger Covers – what I think of the new covers issued for Salinger’s 100th anniversary

Where to Start with J. D. Salinger – if you’ve never read the man’s work before and want to know where to begin

The Best J. D. Salinger Quotes – my favorite quotations from his four main books