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The 30 Greatest ‘Paris Review’ Covers Ever

We’re totally loving this fall’s cover of The Paris Review, and the newest cool design got us to thinking about some of our favorites from years past. The literary quarterly, founded in 1953 by Harold L. Humes, Peter Matthiessen and George Plimpton, has had many different designs grace its face — from the beautiful to the silly, from the abstract to the realistically rendered. With a publication like The Paris Review, of course it’s what inside that counts the most, but that doesn’t stop us from appreciating the packaging. Click through to see our 30 favorite Paris Review covers since their first printing, and let us know if we’ve missed any of your beloved picks in the comments.


The Paris Review No. 20, Autumn-Winter 1958-1959


The Paris Review No. 32, Summer-Fall 1964


The Paris Review No. 33, Winter-Spring 1965


The Paris Review No. 34, Spring-Summer 1965


The Paris Review No. 35, Fall 1965

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