Random House UK Paperback Wodehouse
As I mentioned on a couple of occasions back in May 2007, the UK paperback rights to the oeuvre of P.G. Wodehouse have reverted back to Random House, after having been with Penguin for quite some time. British Random House paperback imprint Arrow has announced a total of 46 titles for publication in 2008 in both the UK and Canada, starting off with 18 titles on 1 May (24 June in Canada), followed by an additional 15 on 7 August (23 September in Canada) and a final batch of 13 on 2 October (Canadian release date TBA). Without further ado, I present to you the first twelve cover designs from the new Random House UK Paperback Wodehouse.
[Click on a cover for the full size image]
I must confess, I’m not too crazy about these designs at all. I much prefer the Wodehouse cover illustrations done in recent years by David Hitch for Penguin UK and Marc Rosenthal for Random House USA. Take, for example, Uncle Fred in the Springtime, with the Penguin UK design on the left and the Random House UK cover on the right:
or Leave it to Psmith, with the Random House USA cover on the left and the Random House UK offering on the right:
As you can easily see, these new designs from Random House UK simply come up short. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but I wish Random House had stuck with their American art department on this one. *sigh*