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Penguin Drop Caps Series


When cover art is so striking it jumps out at you, it can provide even more motivation to sit down and read. That’s the case with this set, the complete, A-Z collection of Penguin’s award-winning Drop Caps series. This is an absolute must for the bookworm who also has an eye for design. Each colorful hardback edition of classic and modern masterpieces displays a cleverly designed drop cap for the author’s last name; the individual volumes have their own color, style, and personality. Putting them together on a shelf makes for a stunning sight.

The series is a collaboration between Jessica Hische, a designer and illustrator whose clients include Wes Anderson, Nike, and the New York Times, and Paul Buckley, Penguin’s creative director. We also offer a make-your-own version of the Drop Caps collection.


  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  3. My Ántonia by Willa Cather
  4. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  5. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  7. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  8. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  9. An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
  11. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  12. Native Speaker by Chang-rae Lee
  13. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale by Herman Melville
  14. Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
  15. Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara
  16. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  17. The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen
  18. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
  19. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
  20. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  21. Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset
  22. Candide by Voltaire
  23. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  24. Sky Burial by Xinran
  25. When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats
  26. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
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8 in tall x 31 in wide x 5.5 in deep


27 pounds

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