Authors Covered in Time

August 18, 2010 at 10:05 pm Leave a comment

Time Cover: FranzenUpper Secondary students who read TIME Magazine during their reading period will see the cover to the right this week, featuring Jonathan Franzen, dubbed by the magazine as “Great American Novelist.” Franzen’s previous novel, The Corrections, made an indelible mark in the American literary landscape when it was released in 2001, and his forthcoming novel, Freedom, is set to do so once again.

Craig Fehrman at litblog The Millions gives a run-down of TIME‘s previous covers featuring living authors, and how each writer was chosen. He also does an interesting job featuring the dilemma that some writers have had in agreeing to be on the cover:

[J]ust about every interaction between TIME and a literary type has been characterized by a waffling between reaching out and selling out that, today, we’d describe as Franzean. Two favorite examples: When Bennett Cerf tried to convince William Faulkner to do a second TIME cover, 15 years after his first, Faulkner asked for an estimate on how much it would add to Random House’s bottom line so that he could simply reimburse the publisher.

Full blog post here.


Entry filed under: Recreational Reading, Writing.

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