Authors’ Portraits, Sixties Style

June 30, 2018

Our current exhibit, “The Sixties: Remembering Who Was T/here,” pays tribute to, among other, eleven influential novels of the era. Though the exhibit features their front covers, we were also struck by the telling array of author portraits, in most cases from the back of the dust jacket.

Back and front of the dust jackets:

Joseph Heller. Catch-22. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1961.

Joseph Heller Catch-22 dust jacket

Mary McCarthy. The Group. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1963. Photograph by Gisèle Freund.

Mary McCarthy portrait The Group dust jacket

William S. Burroughs. Nova Express. New York: Grove Press, 1964. Photograph by Martha Rocher.

William Burroughs Nova Express

James Baldwin. Going to Meet the Man. New York: Dial Press, 1965.

James Baldwin Going to Meet the Man

Jacqueline Susann. Valley of the Dolls. New York: Bernard Geis Associates / distributed by Random House, 1966. Photo by Bruno of Hollywood.

Valley of the Dolls dust jacket

Richard Brautigan. Trout Fishing in America. San Francisco: Four Seasons Foundation / distributed by City Light Books, 1967. Photo from front of dust jacket.

Trout Fishing in America dust jacket back Richard Brautigan on front of dust jacket

Norman Mailer. Why Are We In Vietnam? A Novel. New York: Putnam, 1967. Black and white photo by Harold Straus.

Two photographs of Norman Mailer Dust jacket of Why Are We in Vietnam? A Novel.

John Barth. Lost in the Funhouse: Fiction for Print, Tape, Live Voice. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1968.

John Barth Lost in the Funhouse dust jacket

Gore Vidal. Myra Breckinridge. Boston: Little, Brown, 1968.

Back cover of dust jacket for Myra Breckinridge

Kurt Vonnegut. Slaughterhouse-five: or, The Children’s Crusade, a duty-dance with death. New York: Delacorte Press, 1969.

Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse-five

Maya Angelou. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. New York: Random House, 1969. Photo by Henry Monroe.

Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings