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Look Here: One lovely cover with art by John Berkey

Here’s another old paperback that I picked up on our recent trip to Calgary; excellent work here from John Berkey, who is perhaps best known for his lively renderings of impossibly massive spacecraft “screaming” past cities, moons, planets, stars, galaxies, although in his long, productive, successful career in illustration, he actually tackled a wide range of subjects, historical and contemporary, as well as futuristic:

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Fourth thing I noticed about Dunkard’s Walk, right after the author’s name, the title, and Berkey’s artwork, was the quotation at the top of the cover: “‘Easily Pohl’s most satisfactory effort.’ — N.Y. Herald Tribune.” Ouch! Was that really the best notice that Drunkard’s Walk had received between its original publication in 1960 and the 1973 reprint you see above? And did that lukewarm “cover quote” ever entice anyone to buy the book?

Keywords: Drunkard’s Walk by Frederik Pohl, John Berkey.

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