Twitterature's re-imagined, condensed classics

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"Twitterature" was created by University of Chicago students Emmett Rensin and Alex Aciman who aim to re-imagine and shed insight into classic literary titles in 20 sentences of less, no more than 140 characters at a time. According to Twitterature.com and the publisher's Web site, their book , "Twitterature: The World's Greatest Books in Twenty Tweets of Less," is due from Penguin in December.

The book contains more than. 80 summarized classics, including Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice," Franz Kafka's "Metamorphosis," as well as "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The Guardian released an online preview of several tweets to be included in the book. Favorite tweet so far? From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes": "Continuing investigation. Made brilliant deductions on many snorts and very little evidence. Notice salt deposits on factory owner's shoes?"

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