It is understandable that a writer’s vision for his book oftentimes includes how the cover should look like. Jack Kerouac drew the cover for his On the Road.
That being said, even though book covers have changed in terms of artwork and style a lot in the last couple of decades, taking a look at the first edition covers is a great way to gain a bit more insight into what the books meant and what the vision was all about.
Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Scribner, 1925
The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Ticknor, Reed and Fields, 1850
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley. Chatto & Windus, Londra, 1932
Gone With the Wind, Margaret Mitchell. Macmillan, 1936
On the Road, Jack Kerouac. Viking, 1957
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess. William Heinemann, 1962
The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway. Scribner, 1926
The Trial, Franz Kafka. Die Schmiede, 1925
To The Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf. Hogarth Press, 1927
Ulysses, James Joyce. Shakespeare & Co., 1922
Slautghterhouse- Five, Kurt Vonnegut. Delacorte, 1969
Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll. Macmillan, 1865