Straight Jackets: the Art of the Book Jacket University of Otago Straight Jackets: the art of the book jacket

The presiding genius of Faber and Faber (Joyce dubbed the firm 'Feebler and Fumbler') books was Berthold Wolpe (1905-89), who joined Faber in 1941 and retired in 1975. As a typographer he is best known for Albertus, one of the great faces of the century, which is the characteristic but not exclusive typeface of Faber book jackets during his era. Often his designs combined beautifully with panels of plain colour. The jacket for Sylvia Plath's Ariel, published two years after her suicide and containing five poems written in the last week of her life, is one such Wolpe design.

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