Wednesday 21 April 2010

Liselotte Watkins's Wildes

Penguin UK have just published a set of five books by Oscar Wilde: his sole novel, a collection of his verse, a collection of his stories, a collection of his essays and, instead of a collection of his plays (the obvious fifth volume, I would have thought), a collection of his aphorisms and other sayings*.

The books are designed by Stefanie Posavec, with illustrations of sinister and decadent young 1890s men supplied by fashion artist Liselotte Watkins. They make use of an appropriate colour scheme of purples, yellow-browns and blues, and they look really good. Click for bigger versions.

* This aphorisms collection has had a weird longevity for something originally published as a cash-in for the Stephen Fry-starring movie about Oscar Wilde from 1997: the book has been in print for the whole of the 13 intervening years, in several editions.


Daria Hlazatova said...

the second one is the best among these. i love the colours

Max Cairnduff said...

Those really are very good. I might pick up the essays, the Hungry Like the Woolf blog covered some a while back and made them sound a lot of fun.

And yes, I love the colours.

Anonymous said...

The first cover reminds me of Desire from the Sandman series. There's a few panels where he/she is holding a cigarette in this exact pose. I'm not saying the artist would even be familiar with this, but it's still uncanny.

Craig D. said...

I like the style, but covers with a person just standing there always seem too boring to me.