First I rolled my eyes and let out a weary sigh. Then the article, “Twitterature to the Masses” from The Guardian, like a pebble in the shoe, ached for attention. I began to seriously consider how could a writer be enticed to “tweet?” Can Twitter act as gateway drug to Literature? Might we consider piquing readers’ interest with a mystery, 140 characters or less, leaving readers hungry for more? Could Tweets be a trail of sweet morsels luring potential readers to the text itself?
Girl meets man. Man married to monster. Monster hungry for revenge chases girl away to leave love hanging. What happens next? Read book!
Or am I just an analog girl dreaming in a digital world?
Fans of the classics will either be delighted or appalled to learn that the New York-branch of Penguin books has commissioned a new volume that will put great works through the Twitter mangle. The volume has a working title that will make the nerve ends of purists jangle: Twitterature.
In it, the authors will squish the jewels of world literature – they mention Dante, Shakespeare, Stendhal, Joyce and JK Rowling – into 20 tweets or less – that is 20 sentences each with fewer than 140 characters.
The book is the brainchild of two 19-year-old first-year students at the University of Chicago who claim to be starting a cultural revolution from their college dormitory…Read more.