20 Classic Novels' First Covers

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Ever wonder what your favorite book looked like when it was first published?

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While many classics—The Great Gatsby, Catch-22—have retained their iconic, original covers over the years, others have changed with the times. As a follow up to last week's roundup of famous magazines' first covers, we've compiled 20 beautiful, surprising, or otherwise notable first covers of classic novels that we'd never seen before.

See a surprisingly minimalist The Age of Innocence, a painful-looking The Sound and the Fury, the design that preceded A Clockwork Orange's famous '70s cover, and many more, in chronological order.

This post also appears on Flavorpill, an Atlantic partner site.

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