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Penguin Drop Caps

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It all begins with a letter.

Penguin Drop Caps is a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische. A collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, whose series design encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books, Penguin Drop Caps debuted with an 'A' for Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, a 'B' for Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, and a 'C' for Willa Cather's My Ántonia, and continues with more perennial classics from Penguin.

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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
My Antonia
Willa Cather
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Great Expectations
Charles Dickens
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Middlemarch
George Eliot
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Madame Bovary
Gustave Flaubert
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Lord of the Flies
William Golding
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Siddhartha
Hermann Hesse
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
An Artist of the Floating World
Kazuo Ishiguro
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Native Speaker
Chang-rae Lee
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Moby-Dick
Herman Melville
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Five Children and It
E. Nesbit
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
BUtterfield 8
John O'Hara
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Swann's Way
Marcel Proust
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
The Greek Coffin Mystery
Ellery Queen
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Haroun and the Sea of Stories
Salman Rushdie
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Cannery Row
John Steinbeck
Jessica Hische
The Joy Luck Club
Amy Tan
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Candide
Voltaire
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Sky Burial
Xinran
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
When You Are Old
William Butler Yeats
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Shadow of the Wind
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Illustrator: Jessica Hische

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About the Artist

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine "30 under 30" in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine's "New Visual Artists". She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney's, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.

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