The Turn of the Screw by Anthony Blake

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Artist Statement

I chose Henry James' The Turn of the Screw because it seems to particularly languish in poorly-designed tropes, particularly the trope of a stock image of a governess. There is even one dreadful cover that has a literal screw turning. I wanted to push again these ideas, to think about how the sense of place affected the inner psychology of the characters (in much of James' work, houses are meant to reflect the lives of their inhabitants). The image traced on the cover is from a photograph I took while in Reading, England of a university administrative building that had a similar feeling of dread for me that Bly does in the novella. The large, bold typography is also a reaction to other covers that rely on script typefaces and delicacy. The overwhelming feeling of the novella seems to call for something more imposing, and I managed to work in the theme of turning in a more subtle way with the typography as well. - Anthony Blake

Anthony Blake is a poet and designer from Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in poetry at the University of Arkansas and is managing editor and designer for The Arkansas International, a literary journal interested in the intersections between international and American writing.

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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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