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The First Edition Covers of 25 Classic Books

We try not to judge books by their covers — both proverbially and literally — but sometimes we just can't help it. After all, the cover is your first impression of a book, and can inform the way yo...
  • Jiayi Wang

    The Trial (Kafka's original German title: Der Process, later as Der Prozess and Der Prozeß) is a novel written by Franz Kafka in 1914 and 1915 but not published until 1925. One of Kafka's best-known works, it tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed to neither him nor the reader.

  • Roy Escobar

    The First Edition Covers of 25 Classic Books: The Trial (Der Process), by Franz Kafka. Die Schmiede, Berlin, // Material via Twitter @BelenBermejo1925 One of my favorite works.

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Franz Kafka - Der Process The worst good book I have ever read. Everyone should force themselves to read it. It's horrible. I felt physically ill for weeks after. Read it when you are in a good place in life and your friends are too, so you can get emotional support during your trial of reading this book. It really is worth all the pain though, it's that good.

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The First Edition Covers of 25 Classic Books: A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess. William Heinemann, London, 1962

Metamorphosis, published by The Folio Society. Illustrations by Bill Bragg.

“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”