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Illustrated Alphabetic Drop Cap Covers of Literary Classics by Jessica Hische


Austen, Brönte, Cather, Dickens, Eliot, Flaubert.

If you love graphic design twists on literary classics as much as I do, you’d be equally riveted about a new collaboration between designer extraordinaire Jessica Hische and Penguin art director Paul Buckley, who set out to give 26 beloved works of literature vibrant, minimalist new typographic covers for Penguin’s forthcoming Drop Cap series. Each cover will depict a different letter of the alphabet, with which a famous author’s last name begins, illustrated in Hische’s signature style — at once distinctively original and reminiscent of legendary designer Louise Fili’s iconic work. The initial batch: Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Brönte’s Jane Eyre, Willa Cather’s My Antonia, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary.

Bonus points for the heartening gender balance of the initial selections.

Images via Imprint

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