“Hey soon to be famous author, say cheese!”

The folks at Flavorwire have compiled a fascinating collection of iconic first author photos. Flavorwire included several queer photo gems: a mindful Alice Walker on the back-cover of The Third Life of Grange Copeland and a very sensuous Truman Capote on the jacket of Other Voices, Other Room.

From the site:

Authors have to be pretty careful about the photos they choose to have on their dust jackets. Not only is it remarkably easy to fall prey to one of those pesky author photo clichés, but those first baby-faced pictures that grace debut novels might just go down in history — if they’re lucky. To that end, we scoured the web to pull together a few surprising, intense, and charmingly youthful author photos from some of our very favorite authors’ first works[…]

Check out all the photos here.


(Photo: Alice Walker)

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