Last night on Work of Art, in a challenge that thrilled book-design nerds like us, the contestants were charged with designing covers for Penguin Classics. The winner, John Parot, made a gorgeous, colorful, semi-abstract image for H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine. But the real loser was Jane Austen: Two Pride and Prejudice covers landed in the bottom three, and one — Judith’s horrible backwards-script design — got its creator booted. It was a horrible picture, but we’ve found five real Pride and Prejudice jackets that are nearly as bad. Give them a once over after the jump, and then cleanse your palette with a gorgeous one we stumbled upon in our search for the very worst.
… and one excellent one. Guess they don’t make book covers like they used to: