12.21: This giveaway is now closed. The winner is Caroline. Congratulations!
I may not write about it here much, but I spend most days of the week sitting in an office in a university library typesetting books and journals. It might not be the most exciting job ever (I sometimes spend hours manually formatting italic text, for example), but it gives me the opportunity to work with books, my first love. I have learned so much about typography and about how books are made in the past few years, and it has also deepened my appreciation of book design.
Penguin Classics recently began releasing a new series called Drop Caps, made up of collectible editions of classic texts with covers designed by Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckle. There are six in the series thus far: A for Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, B for Brontë’s Jane Eyre, C for Cather’s My Ántonia, D for Dickens’ Great Expectations, E for Eliot’s Middlemarch, and F for Flaubert’s Madame Bovary (translated by Lydia Davis—this is a great translation, by the way). I don’t run giveaways very often but this is one that I was excited to
do, since it will mean that someone will get two classic novels, to read or, if the book is already beloved, enjoy
adding to his or her collection.
Penguin sent me a copy of the Drop Caps Jane Eyre, which is one of my favourite books. It would seem that I can’t own enough editions of this book! This one is really quite lovely and I’m looking forward to seeing the full, colourful alphabet. All 26 spines next to each other are going to make a beautiful spectrum of beautiful literature.
For a chance to win two books from the Drop Caps series, please leave a comment below telling me which two books you would choose, and please be sure to include a means by which I can contact you if you win (an email address, a link to a blog, etc). This giveaway is open internationally. Comments are moderated to prevent spam; your comment might not appear right away but it will be registered. I will close comments on Friday, December 21.
(I was not compensated financially for this giveaway but I was given the copy of Jane Eyre.)