Twitterature : The World's Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter, Paperback

Twitterature : The World's Greatest Books Retold Through Twitter Paperback

2.5 out of 5 (4 ratings)


Everything from Beowulf to Bronte rewritten/ruined in twenty Tweets or less in "Twitterature", the hilarious expression of every book-lovers' fear of the digital age, by Alexander Acima and Emmett Rensin.

From "Oedipus": Party in Thebes!!! Nobody cares I killed the old dude, plus this woman is all over me.

Total MILF. From "Paradise Lose": Oh my God I'm in hell. Perhaps you once asked yourself, 'What exactly is Hamlet trying to tell me?

Why must he mince his words, muse in lyricism and, in short, whack about the shrub?' No doubt such troubling questions would have been swiftly resolved were the Prince of Denmark a registered user on

This, in essence, is Twitterature. From "Hamlet": WFT is Polonius doing behind the curtain?

Here you will find over sixty of the greatest works of western literature - from "Beowulf" to "Bronte", from Kafka to Kerouac, and from Dostoevsky to Dickens - each distilled through the voice of Twitter to its purest, pithiest essence. Including a full glossary of online acronyms and Twitterary terms to aid the amateur, "Twitterature" provides everything you need to master the literature of the civilized world, while relieving you of the burdensome task of reading it.

From "Dante's Inferno": I'm havin' a midlife crisis.

Lost in the woods. Should brought by iPhone. "Hilarious". ("Sunday Times"). "Wittily irreverent, scandalous, but sure to inspire a cult following". ("Daily Mail"). "An irreverent, profane and sometimes brilliant collection". (Reuters). "The trouble with Twitter is, I think, that too many twits might make a tw*t".(David Cameron). "A tool to aid the digestion of great literature". ("Guardian"). "This is exactly the kind of thing you'd expect University of Chicago students to come up with". (Professor W J T Mitchell). Alexander Aciman and Emmett Rensin are undergraduates at the University of Chicago.

Alexander's journalism has appeared in "The New York Times" and "New York Sun" and Emmett is a contributor to the "Huffington Post".


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780141047713



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This is really very good fun. I bought it with the intention of showing my Literature class so that they could do something similiar through Twitter groups but found that I had way too much fun reading it. The humour is very undergraduate and facile, but I found it very entertaining. One of my favourites is the Hamlet tweet that runs "mum says I should stop wearing black". Some of these are not suitable for children such as the one for Oedipus where he describes his wife/mother as a "total MILF". Juvenile, but very funny.

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Disappointing. A great idea poorly executed. There is a sameness about all the parodies and they don't capture the various voices of the original works. This idea, if it hasn't already, will be done better.

Review by

So disappointing. Not witty. Really just summaries. Sparknotes. Bleh.

Review by

Twitterature is pretty fun and light-hearted. Don't read it if you don't like the idea of fun being poked at classic books, or things like Sherlock Holmes' use of cocaine to be emphasised, etc. The humour wears a little thin after you've read a lot of them, and it's easiest to appreciate when you've already read the classic in question.<br/><br/>I think this'd be more fun to dip into than to actually sit down and read straight through.

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