‘Thérèse Raquin’ Cover Images

Thérèse Raquin was first published in 1867.

For images of other covers please look on the Images page.

4 comments on “‘Thérèse Raquin’ Cover Images

  1. I love seeing them juxtaposed like this- fascinating how they’re so different…


    • Jonathan says:

      Yes, I tend to just think of the Penguin/OUP ones as they’re most common but it’s interesting seeing some of the others from French publishers, small publishers, paperback editions from the ’50s, ’60s etc.

      I’ll keep adding to these posts so it’s worth checking back on them every now and then.


  2. Those old paperback covers and the Elek covers are always fascinating to see. They are not covers one associates with the ‘classics.’ I’m not surprised by some of the old paperback ones, but the Elek covers continue to baffle me. Hardcover books, possibly the entire series offered in translation and yet the covers look like total popular fiction for the masses. Maybe that was their intent? It’s not a bad thing if it expands Zola’s audience.


    • Jonathan says:

      I think with the Elek books the first hardback copies were the ones with the ghastly yellow covers. When they were re-issued they had the more restrained two-tone plain covers. The paperbacks were published with the lurid covers under the ‘Bestseller Library’ imprint – I guess that these were aimed at a mass-market. It would be interesting to delve deeper but I wonder if Zola gained some (new) notoriety in the 1950s for being sexually explicit? – maybe just from being a French writer 🙂


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