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0061 The Crossroads

July 30, 2011
  • Title: The Crossroads
  • Language: English
  • Country: USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • Year: 1960
  • Publisher: Fawcett
  • Collection: Crest
  • Collection #: S400
  • Cover Price: $0.35
  • Cover Artist: Unknown Ron Lesser


Here we see the first paperback edition of The Crossroads, another of John D MacDonald’s Neon Jungle-ish stories of a complicated family and their convoluted lives. Sidney Williams has a short review here.

The cover is a bit of a mix between the old pulp covers and the newer idea that it’s more important to commoditize the author. The art is not bad at all, but is diminished by the bland red background (at least it’s not white) that is intended to draw the eye towards the text, i.e. the author’s name. The cover designer must have failed his Contrast class, because he put “MacDonald” in pink so it is almost unreadable. People get paid for this?

Update (12/01/2013): The cover was by the redoubtable Ron Lesser.

Milk Carton

Have you seen me? I am the UK hardcover version of The Crossroads, printed in 1961 by Robert Hale.

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