The Beats


Special edition book covers & packaging

The Beat Generation was a group of authors whose literature explored and influenced American culture in the post-World War II era. Central elements of Beat culture are rejection of standard narrative values, the spiritual quest, exploration of American and Eastern religions, rejection of materialism, explicit portrayals of the human condition, experimentation with psychedelic drugs, and sexual liberation and exploration

-Charters, Ann (2011)-

This special edition -that Malditos editorial brought us- is a selection of the best known examples of Beat literature: Allen Ginsberg's Howl (1956), William S. Burroughs's Naked Lunch (1959) and Jack Kerouac's On the Road (1957). This special edition is comprised of these three books in wonderful packaging, but other books can also be purchased.

The idea is to bring to our minds the Beats essence of their notebooks. These Japanese stab binding books would have covers made of thin leatherette with stamping for text (listing just the author, title and editor).


Jackets are made of kraft paper and are printed on both sides. The external side has the book's most important info, the barcode will be on de-shrink wrapping, and the inner side has drawings and notes about the book.

Burroughs - Naked lunch

Ginsberg - Howl

Kerouac - On the road


Sober but hypnotizing endpapers


To hold the three books, I thought of putting them in special packaging: a wooden box engraved with decorations inspired by the Beats life, 50's America, jazz culture, etc. According to the travel speech, the box will be held closed by two belts.