The writing world lost a titan last week with the passing of Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a piece of work that has earned its place on every required reading list worldwide—and for good reason. First published in 1960, it is as relevant today as ever, examining race, class, crime, morality, and the spectrum of the human soul.
The book was tremendously successful, selling 30 million copies and translated into 40 languages; however, Lee largely hid from the limelight for most of her life. Still, her famous novel remains a lasting reminder of the issues we have still yet to conquer.
Like all good pieces of art, To Kill a Mockingbird also continues to inspire creatives around the world. Writers, of course, consider it a masterpiece of storytelling. But designers are also drawn to the work. Thanks to its rich imagery, many designers have rendered their own versions of the book’s cover, each eager to create something as powerful as the book’s content.
In honor of Lee’s legacy, we’ve gathered some of our favorite examples. From simple typographic treatments to detailed illustrations, here are 20 compelling covers of To Kill a Mockingbird.
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