Cover artist Peter Steiner is a nationally recognized painter, novelist and cartoonist who has contributed to Brown’s Guide since 1979. Read more about the artist and see more of his paintings, drawings and cartoons, including a full-sized version of "Northrup Horses," in the Brown's Guide Cover Gallery.
Painter, novelist and cartoonist Peter Steiner was born and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After graduating from the University of Miami (Florida) and receiving a MA and PhD in German Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, he taught German literature and language at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, from 1969 to 1977. In 1977, he moved to Watkinsville, Georgia, near Athens, where his wife had been hired to teach at the University of Georgia, and soon began contributing covers and illustrations to Brown’s Guide Magazine.
His Brown’s Guide covers and multi-page narrative cartoons of visits to Sea Island’s Cloister and the Georgia State Legislature in session were some some of the most popular and commented upon graphic features ever published in Brown’s Guide.
Steiner sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker in 1979 and has been a regular contributor to that magazine, as well as to The Weekly Standard, The Washington Times, and other publications ever since. His iconic New Yorker cartoon, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog,” is the most reproduced cartoon in New Yorker history. Time magazine called its publication in 1993, “... a sign that popular interest (in the Internet) has reached a critical mass.”
He has had one-man shows of his paintings in Atlanta and Madison, Georgia, Richmond, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., among other cities. His current one-man show at the Hotchkiss Library in Sharon, Connecticut, runs through January 31.
Steiner published his first novel, Le Crime (St. Martin’s Press), in 2003. A second novel, L’Assassin, was publlished in the summer of 2008, and a third, The Terrorist, was published in May 2010 to favorable reviews in The New Yorker and The New York Times. A fourth novel is at the publisher.
See more of Peter Steiner’s paintings, drawings and cartoons, including “On the Internet nobody knows you’re a dog,” and covers from Brown’s Guide back issues in the Brown’s Guide Gallery, below.
You can see even more of the artist's paintings, drawings and cartoons and read more about his novels on the Peter Steiner website. Reproductions of his cartoons, including “On the Internet...” are available on The New Yorker Cartoon Bank website.