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The Art of Mort Künstler / Documenting America / Book & Magazine Art / Paperback Covers

Unlike many of history's great civilizations, America has existed almost entirely in an age where media has been present to document the nation's trials and culture. During his long and complex career, Mort Künstler's art has found many ways to contribute to the visual landscape that this media provides.

All Quiet on the Western Front

This book by Erich Maria Remarque was first published in installments in a magazine in his native Germany. The book was published in 1929 and instantly became a literary juggernaut, with the first print run selling out on the day of its release. Over a million copies were sold within a year.

The first international best selling novel became a target of the Nazis. The Universal Studios movie in 1930 was shown briefly in Germany, during which Nazi Brownshirts led by Joseph Goebbels shut down the projectors, viciously attacked and terrorized movie goers.

Remarque was nominated for the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize. All Quiet on the Western Front is considered to be the best war novel. It has been translated into over 20 languages, with 30 to 40 million copies in print.

Mort Künstler did this book cover illustration in 1956 for Lion Library Editions.


All illustrations by Mort Künstler. Text by Michael Aubrecht, Dee Brown, Henry Steele Commager, Rod Gragg, Mort Künstler, Edward Lengel, James McPherson, and James I. Robertson, Jr. - Copyright © 2001-2018. All Rights Reserved. No part of the contents of this web site may be reproduced or utilized in any form by any means without written consent of the artist.