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Book Cover, On Modern Poets, 1959

This is a Book cover. It is dated 1959 and we acquired it in 1993. Its medium is offset lithograph on white wove paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Elaine Lustig Cohen was married to Alvin Lustig from 1948 to 1955. She managed her husband’s studio, serving as a secretary, production assistant, and draftsperson—the “office slave,” as she recalls. As Lustig lost his eyesight to diabetes, he relied on his wife to execute his concepts. Following Lustig’s death, Cohen established her own design practice. Her book covers shown here use abstract structural elements, expressive typography, and conceptual photographs to richly interpret the books’ contents.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Elaine Lustig Cohen: An Interview.

This object was catalogued by Julie Pastor. It is credited Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff.

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Its dimensions are

H x W: 18.3 x 11.1 cm (7 3/16 x 4 3/8 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black, vertically, lower left: elaine lustig; in white, from top: Yvor / Winters / On / Modern / Poets; in black, below: STEVENS ELIOT RANSOM / CRANE HOPKINS FROST / M 73 MERIDIAN BOOKS $1.35 Canada $1.45

Cite this object as

Book Cover, On Modern Poets, 1959; USA; offset lithograph on white wove paper; H x W: 18.3 x 11.1 cm (7 3/16 x 4 3/8 in.); Gift of Tamar Cohen and Dave Slatoff; 1993-31-22

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