40 Years of Covering Thomas Pynchon’s ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’


This week marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Thomas Pynchon’s legendary postmodern tome Gravity’s Rainbow, a fact made doubly interesting (at least to us) in light of the recent details about the reclusive author’s forthcoming novel. Haven’t read his backlist? Now’s the time. In case you need a little inspiration, or just want to celebrate the book’s anniversary with us, click through to peek at our gallery of Gravity’s Rainbow cover art from home and abroad, from the very first edition to last year’s redesigns.

Viking Press First Edition, 1973. Jacket design by Marc Getter.

Bantam Books, 1974.

Picador, 1975. Jacket design by John Holmes.

Picador, date unknown.

Penguin, 1987. Jacket design by Melissa Jacoby.

Vintage Books, 1995.

Penguin Books, 1995.

Vintage Books, 2000.

Penguin Books, 2000.

Penguin, date unknown.

First Swedish Paperback Edition, 1998. Jacket design by Edvard Derkert.

Vintage UK edition, 1995. Jacket design by Paul Burgess.

Penguin Classics edition, 2006. Jacket design by Frank Miller.

Spanish edition, 2010.

French edition, 2010.

Portugese edition, 2012.

Vintage Publishing, Random House UK, 2012. Jacket design by Matt Broughton.