The Little Friend cover

The Little Friend cover

Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, New York, New York, 2002

Description

The two biggest challenges with this were: 1) the pressure of tremendous critical and commercial expectations because it was the long-awaited follow-up novel to The Secret History; and, 2) the title, which sounds like the long-awaited follow-up to The Pokey Little Puppy. Many thanks to Gloria Vanderbilt for lending me the antique, worried-looking baby mannequin head, which I spied in her atelier one afternoon and wept with relief. Photographer Geoff Spear worked his usual magic on it and voilĂ ! This was one of those rare dream jobs that required no revisions, from its initial presentation to a terrifying gauntlet of editorial and marketing tribes.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2002
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
Art director
Chip Kidd
Photographer
Geoff Spear
Production director
Andy Hughes
Quantity printed
200,000
Typeface
Rotis Semi-Serif
Paper
Baffy-Ville
Jacket designer
Chip Kidd
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Author
Donna Tartt
Editor
Gary Fisketjon
Publisher
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
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