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Winner of the 2012 Fifty Books/Fifty Covers show, organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books
Winner of the 2014 Type Directors Club Communication Design Award
Praise for Penguin Drop Caps:
"[Penguin Drop Caps] convey a sense of nostalgia for the tactility and aesthetic power of a physical book and for a centuries-old tradition of beautiful lettering."
“Vibrant, minimalist new typographic covers…. Bonus points for the heartening gender balance of the initial selections.”
—Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"The Penguin Drop Caps series is a great example of the power of design. Why buy these particular classics when there are less expensive, even free editions of Great Expectations? Because they’re beautiful objects. Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische’s fresh approach to the literary classics reduces the design down to typography and color. Each cover is foil-stamped with a cleverly illustrated letterform that reveals an element of the story. Jane Austen’s A (Pride and Prejudice) is formed by opulent peacock feathers and Charlotte Bronte’s B (Jane Eyre) is surrounded by flames. The complete set forms a rainbow spectrum prettier than anything else on your bookshelf."
—Rex Bonomelli, The New York Times
"Classic reads in stunning covers—your book club will be dying."
John Steinbeck (1902–1968) was born in Salinas, California. He worked as a laborer and a journalist, and in 1935, when he published Tortilla Flat, he achieved popular success and financial security. Steinbeck wrote more than twenty-five novels and won the Nobel Prize in 1962.
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I have not read many books, so I am no judge. But I will say a lot of detail in talking about that life.Published 19 days ago by Don H.
Not my favorite Steinbeck novel. The friendships and actions of the characters were great but the story lagged a bit for my liking. East of Eden far better classicPublished 24 days ago by JoCee
I am always amazed at Steinbeck's ability to paint pictures with words; he truly was an artist! His descriptions are amazing. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Carole Johnson
Excellent book. Any one that likes Steinbeck will like this bookPublished 25 days ago by Christy J Diehl
A goal of mine is to read all of Steinbecks classics. I am currently half through Cannery Row and I’m thoroughly enjoying it.Published 26 days ago by Michael Hogan
The book is much more visual, once you see Cannery Row today, as many buildings described remain intact. A very entertaining read, for 1945. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Velocipede
An interesting read, but not too much of a story. I preferred "Of Mice and Men" and "Grapes of Wrath".Published 1 month ago by A. Ruetman