Pillar of Salt: An Autobiography, with 19 Erotic Sonnets

Book cover design


5.5 × 8.5 inches
Hardback cloth with dust jacket
University of Texas Press
Spring 2014


An original translation from Spanish, this memoir by one of Mexico’s foremost men of letters describes coming of age during the violence of the Mexican Revolution and "living dangerously" as an openly homosexual man in a brutally machista society. Salvador Novo was known to be a very flamboyant dresser. For this cover I created a neatly folded man’s shirt in vibrant versions of Mexico’s national colors, paired with a skinny white tie pen, and resting on a black background to symbolize the dark times in which Novo lived.


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