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Giovanni's Room
Giovanni's Room
by James Baldwin
Signet, 1959

Here, a solitary man in a doorway makes a striking, but discreet, illustration. The once lurking background presence has moved to the foreground - as a dark, handsome man with large feet. The bed and liquor bottle and the words "daring" and "controversial" hint at gay content. The painting is by the dean of paperback cover illustrators, James Avati.

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