Meet Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions, featuring a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische and a series design collaboration between Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley.
Writes Elda Rotor, Associate Publisher and Editorial Director of Penguin Classics:
Penguin Drop Caps is a series inspired by typography—its beauty and its power of expression. A drop cap, or an initial cap, is the first letter of a word when designed and set larger than the surrounding text. It is used to introduce a new idea, paragraph, or chapter. We may recognize such elements from books of our childhood, from sacred and historic texts, and from beautiful early editions of classic literature. Whether they appear in illuminated fifteenth-century manuscripts set by scribes or digitally displayed on Jessica Hische’s own Daily Drop Cap blog, a drop cap letter impresses upon the reader the arrival of something of which to take note, something unique and special that deserves to be savored.
For the book lover, the series is a nod to the tradition of printing and the distribution of ideas, stories, and opinions—ranging from paper to digital media. For the writer and artist, the series pays homage to the significance of composition, texture, and form. With Penguin Drop Caps, we are inspired by the timeless tradition and craft of letters and their endless capacity to communicate.
As you can see above, the series debuts this fall with:
A for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
B for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
C for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia
D for Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations
E for George Eliot’s Middlemarch
F for Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (translation by Lydia Davis)
…with more to come!
“In an innovative interdisciplinary study, neurobiological experts, radiologists and humanities scholars are working together to explore the relationship between reading, attention and distraction – by reading Jane Austen.”
Jane Austen; Northanger Abbey (via peraequora)
Oooh, Jane! You so mean!
i am: Lady Mary (YES!)
my BFFL: Watson (YES YES!)
i am courted by: The Crawfords (Whatevs)
i am the enemy of: Sir Richard (pshaw)
married to: Mr. Darcy (YES YES YES!)
and we live quite happily at: Downton Abbey (We’ll never use all those rooms!)
“Pride and Prejudice,” by Jane Austen
This is my new favorite tumblr: The Underground New York Public Library. It’s wonderful. When I was visiting NYC and riding the subway for at least two hours each day, I was always drawn to the readers and trying to see what they were reading. Now, here’s a tumblr just about that! Lovely.
Look at the absolutely bizarre cover on this edition of Jane Austen’s early works I found in a bookstore in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Check out the silhouettes of two DUDES who look like they are about to kiss! And what’s with the two Greek Goddess-y women at the bottom? Can someone explain this cover to me? And there are equally bizarre illustrations within. This edition was published by The Women’s Press Ltd, 12 Ellesmere Road, Bow, London. WHAT A FIND! This is why my Austen collection is so big. I can’t pass up interesting editions of any Austen, even if it’s one I already have five copies of.
You are: Anne Elliot
You marry: Charles Bingley
You’re jilted by: Henry Crawford
Your rival: Louisa Musgrove
Your BFF: Harriet Smith
You’re disowned by: Lady Dalrymple
“I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or at other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter.” Jane Austen in an excerpt from a letter dated April 1,1816.
A Jane Austen romance without satire and wit would be a sorry novel indeed.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JANE AUSTEN!
Thanks for writing books filled with humor and wit and romance. Books that make me laugh and cry and think. Books that change every time I read them depending on where I am in my personal life. Books that will always speak to my heart and make it happy.
Ryan Gosling on Pride and Prejudice
“Mrs. Norris’ husband died…which did not seem to inconvenience her very much at all.”
Oh Jane Austen, you are so snarky! I love you!
Abridged Classics: Becoming Jane
I’ve been looking for this vid for ages. Finally can share it with you all!! Cause it makes me lololol.
Yes! This perfectly illustrates why I absolutely LOATHE this movie.