Twitterature by Alexander Aciman
The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets or Less

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Perhaps while reading Shakespeare you've asked yourself, What exactly is Hamlet trying to tell me? Why must he mince words and muse in lyricism and, in short, whack about the shrub? But if the Prince of Denmark had a Twitter account and an iPhone, he could tell his story in real time--and concisely! Hence the genius of Twitterature.

Hatched in a dorm room at the brain trust that is the University of Chicago, Twitterature is a hilarious and irreverent re-imagining of the classics as a series of 140-character tweets from the protagonist. Providing a crash course in more than eighty of the world's best-known books, from Homer to Harry Potter, Virgil to Voltaire, Tolstoy to Twilight and Dante to The Da Vinci Code. It's the ultimate Cliffs Notes. Because as great as the classics are, who has time to read those big, long books anymore?

Sample tweets:


From the Harry Potter series: Oh man big tournament at my school this year!! PSYCHED! I hope nobody dies this year, and every year as if by clockwork.

From The Great Gatsby: Gatsby is so emo. Who cries about his girlfriend while eating breakfast...IN THE POOL?


About Alexander Aciman

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ALEXANDER ACIMAN and EMETT RENSIN are rising sophomores at the University of Chicago. Aciman has written for The New York Times and The New York Sun, and Rensin for The Huffington Post.
Published November 24, 2009 by Penguin Books. 227 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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The age of Twitter has arrived, and precocious young writers Aicman and Rensin have taken it upon themselves to redo the world's most beloved literary classics for the Status Update generation. T

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I will finally be able to relax and be free of my troubles" and Jack Kerouac gets pleasingly short shrift: "For TWITTERATURE of On the Road by Jack Kerouac, please see On the Road by Jack Kerouac."

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