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Penguin Drop Caps

From A - Z

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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Jane Austen
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Charlotte Bronte
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Willa Cather
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Charles Dickens
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
George Eliot
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Gustave Flaubert
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
William Golding
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Hermann Hesse
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Kazuo Ishiguro
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
James Joyce
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Sue Monk Kidd
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Chang-rae Lee
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Herman Melville
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
E. Nesbit
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
John O'Hara
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Marcel Proust
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Ellery Queen
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Salman Rushdie
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
John Steinbeck
Jessica Hische
Amy Tan
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Sigrid Undset
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Voltaire
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Walt Whitman
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Xinran
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
William Butler Yeats
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
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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