by Jesse Marinoff Reyes (Jesse Marinoff Reyes Design, Maplewood, N.J.)
New Directions, 1947
Design: Alvin Lustig
Spearhead was an anthology of the best of the New Directions annuals published between 1936-46 and from other sources. It was meant to give a “historical picture of the Advance-Guard and Experimental writing in America during the decade just past.” We’re talking the likes of James Agee, e e cummings, Jack Jones, Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, and Tennessee Williams (to name a few). Lustig’s magnificent cover you’ll note, is bereft of the usual laundry list of names that you’d see on an anthology cover today—only his Modernist evocation of the title and the initials of the publisher.