The Theory of the Leisure Class by Marie Mundaca

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Artist Statement

"This is essentially a homage to the cover of the novel The Portable Veblen: A Novel by Elizabeth McKenzie, a book about a bright underachieving woman who is trying to balance her relationships with her mother, her fiance, and a talking squirrel. I think the squirrel is a very apt image for The Theory of the Leisure Class; we ascribe human traits of hoarding, conspicuous consumption, and carefree leisure to the squirrel, who is actually engaged in daily life-and-death struggles. I went for obnoxious pastel neon colors to evoke candy, a tremendous (and delicious) waste of resources. It's odd that we don't talk more about Veblen when "Veblen Goods" (luxury items) are so prevalent in our society that you regularly see people with $2000 handbags on the New York City subway" - Marie Mundaca

Marie Mundaca is book designer who lives in New York City. She has designed interiors for books by James Patterson and David Foster Wallace.

About Recovering the Classics

Recovering the Classics is a collection of new covers for 100 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers. All cover designs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.