The art of Chinua Achebe’s book covers


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The visual style of today’s Google Doodle honoring what would have been the 87th birthday of Chinua Achebe caught my attention. I clicked through to learn more about Achebe, who was was a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic who passed away in 2013.

Google Doodle of Nigerian author Chinua Achebe

One of the first things I noticed as I started reading more about him was how much great art he had for his book covers. Here’s a sampling of some of the Achebe book covers that I really liked:

Covers of books written by Chinua Achebe

I’m trying to find out who the artists are, which is not so easy. I do see that the 50th Anniversary Edition of “Things Fall Apart,” above left, was created by Edel Rodriguez, who describes being commissioned by Random House here.

Chinua Achebe book covers

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