The list of books for which Bacon designed covers reads like a who’s who of literary and popular fiction: Ragtime by E. L. Doctorow, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth, and many more. Most of Bacon’s covers feature bold lettering paired with a small image related to the text.
“‘He didn’t see himself as a sensitive artist; he was there to serve,’ said [Robert] Gottlieb, who worked with Mr. Bacon [at Simon and Schuster] for many years. ‘If you rejected the first one, he was happy to do a 10th one. We worked and worked until it was right.’”